Nicholas Carr discusses some of the implications for education of the publishing industry shifts from print to digital forms. Among the open questions upon which Carr touches are whether textbooks will become not only more affordable and easier to update and customize, but who will have control over these potentially more fluid digital texts and how recording more frequent, ad hoc changes to them might need to become a matter of editorial policy and / or authorial practice.
by Nicholas Carr / Wall Street Journal /23 December 2011
I recently got a glimpse into the future of books. A few months ago, I dug out a handful of old essays I’d written about innovation, combined them into a single document, and uploaded the file to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service. Two days later, my little e-book was on sale at Amazon’s site. The whole process couldn’t have been simpler.
Then I got the urge to tweak a couple of sentences in one of the essays. I made the edits on my computer and sent the revised file back to Amazon. The company quickly swapped out the old version for the new one. I felt a little guilty about changing a book after it had been published, knowing that different readers would see different versions of what appeared to be the same edition. But I also knew that the readers would be oblivious to the alterations.
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