It's a list of challenging observations about the future of books. Or it thinks it is. It is designed to question our assumptions about what a book is. In fact, look at the first comment:
As I read these, I find that the word "book" seems out of place. Maybe we need to find another name for written works in the 21st century.But why? Did we need a new word for books when audio books came along? Did we need a new word for story when stories became written instead of sung or told to a rapt audience in front of the fire?
(By the way, for the record, I found the list interesting and many aspects of it I agreed with, along with many of the comments. But.)
I'm delighted about the rise of ebooks, as new ways to deliver our words to readers. But I don't find the need to call them something different from books. Just as a paperback book is a format, so is an ebook.
In my view there's an artificial argument brewing. Aren't we all just writers? Don't we all simply try to put the best possible words in the best possible order, and who the hell cares whether those words are delivered by paper, screen, bard, or pigeon?
As long, of course, as we get paid ...
If this seems like an unusually short post for me, that's because ten minutes ago Anne reminded me that I had forgotten to do my thing. I'd not even thought about it because I thought it wasn't until the 26th. I'm quite proud of myself for delivering this so quickly but will probably be less proud when you all wade in and tell me I'm talking rubbish.
Still, at least I've not written it in a book...