Having never been exposed to his name or discoveries prior to this reading, I must say that Bob Stein may in fact be "The Man". Appreciation may come from a book worm but his legitimate progress and influence within the world of publishing has done more than just create the ebook. What I enjoy most about his triumphs?... there accidental occurrence. Every once in a while its nice to know that brinks of brilliance can come out of the woodwork; when trying to achieve another goal, a more solitary idea can surface. Believing that one of the more important aspects of this article regards Stein's opinion on "what a book is", I appreciate the director's acknowledgment that a book had to be thought of not in terms of its physical properties but instead the way it was used. Thus, when he claims that the book is a medium where the user has access to the material and may choose the pace and process that they go about gaining said knowledge, I am reminded that the process in which we produce these books has just as much importance as the content a reader is accessing. Stein realizes, and has realized, this way before many others. Such a thought is how he overcame the issue of the reader simply sitting there allowing the media to just happen in front of you.
Stein's last tidbit during this interview confirmed what I have continuously feared since the serious take off of media processors: how these tools will continue to be used and what they may lead to. When someone as credible as Stein mentions that "fundamental change involves upheaval", you listen. As obvious as it is, I somehow become more fearful of the idea knowing it comes from a man who was conquering the CD-Rom during the VHS phenomenon. Like Stein explained, "we are not going gently into some utopian future". My question is this: what can we do (or is there anything we may even do) to disregard upheaval or are we incapable of doing so and must welcome violent change with open arms?