Joanna Trollope “The physical book is rearing its head again as a very desirable possession because after all you don’t own an e-book, you only lease it. So if you have a library of e-books you can’t leave them to your grandchildren…”
Question: Will physical books cease to exist?
“I would regret that, and I don’t think it will happen. And if it did happen, then the book will start again in a sort of green shoots way, some enterprising publisher will produce an exquisite thing and people will say ‘isn’t this an extraordinary simple and effective piece of technology. Why didn’t we think of this before?’ and the book will be reborn.”
[Joanna Trollope, in conversation with Mark Lawson]
I love this idea of books being re-invented. And I have to admit I hadn’t thought of an e-book as being ‘on lease’ but Trollope is right. I do get irritated with the e-books on my Kindle which can’t be shared with friends, or taken to Oxfam to pass on.
For Joanna Trollope’s website, click here.
‘Balancing Act’ by Joanna Trollope [UK: Doubleday]
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