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Subject:Re: Confidential quote From:mpriestley -at- VNET -dot- IBM -dot- COM Date:Mon, 19 Sep 1994 12:17:44 EDT
Vicki Rosenzweig (apologies for mispelling) provides a thoughtful discussion
on John Updike's recent quote, pointing up the advantages of the printed
word over the electronic one.
All good points! However, while everything you say is true today, I think
it's worth noting that as display technology increases in resolution and
portability, the advantages of printed books will diminish. At this point,
taking a walk in the park with an electronic book will be no more dangerous
than taking the same walk with a SONY discman (and may involve similar
technology and media). I'm intrigued by the possibilities raised by the
"TV-glasses" being touted in infomercials, where a TV display is projected
on the inside of sun glasses, allowing heads-up-display of your favorite
program. While this technology certainly isn't optimized for reading text,
there is nothing that prevents it from being so used, and there are obvious
There's been a fairly lively discussion of this same topic (and quote) over
mpriestley -at- vnet -dot- ibm -dot- com
Disclaimer: speaking on my own behalf, not IBM's.