Craig Mod’s video started out with an interesting anecdote about reading The Stranger by Camus in a foreign country. He was at a hotel and took out his book to read it. The lady next to him also took out her book to read, and she too was reading The Stranger. He felt connected with this stranger. On the other hand, consider this same incident but with a Kindle; the romanticism vanishes. Because the Kindle can carry many books many miles, there is no longer this coincidental chance. Physical books have memories and figurative parallels. Many people have an issue with giving these up. Hypertext defines digital books. There is an infinite number of boundless possibilities.
In the article, it is stated that the future of books is built on networked platforms. These platforms define how we read and shape systems. In this article, Craig Mod outlines the advantages and disadvantages of iBooks and Kindle platforms. He concludes that the advantages of iBooks and Kindle platforms outweigh the disadvantages. “Transitions from physical to digital don’t need to be one-to-one formed representations. A defining quality of good design is one in which the essence of a thing can be transmitted between mediums while staying true to a new medium” (Mod). He doesn’t want to completely throw away these physical editions but simply work with them and transform them. This article made me really excited for our collaborative group projects. There are so many possibilities of transforming “WPA Outcome Statements: A Decade Later” without changing the content. We can be creative yet keep the original touch of the text.