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A Self-Awareness I Can Respect

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Bessette has a refreshingly honest opinion of the book fetish--she recognizes it, battles it, and embraces it. If the book fetish is going to be eradicated, I think we have to recognize it as a fetish. The funny thing is, while the author claims to be bound by the print fetishism that dominates her field, she seems (to me) to have a fairly balanced view of print and digital texts. Bessette's appreciation for seeing her book in print appears to be mainly derived from the privilege academia affords print. Her use of digital media, however, is quite substantial.

The Fetishized Book

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Lee Bessette’s article highlights printed book’s move from mere objects to becoming fetishes. As I was thinking about this post, I decided to look up the definition of fetish and the one that struck me the most was: “any object, idea, etc., eliciting unquestioning reverence, respect, or devotion.” (Dictionary.com) Unlike a lot of the other articles we’ve read so far, Bessette seems to be under the lure of printed books. But at the same time, she realizes that she must evolve. I think that what it will take to move beyond the print fetish is simple: time.

What's The Big Deal?

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I honestly don't understand why print should be fetishized. Really, what's the big deal. This is especially so when it comes to textbooks. I mean, who wants to lug around multiple, thick, and heavy volumes to classes when they could compress all that information into a file and carry it on one compact device. Not only this, but the digital brings the days of dog-earing pages and relentlessly shuffling through pages to find that one important passage to a close.

It's going to take time!!

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Time. I think it will take time to move beyond the print fetish. Just like any new coming technology, it takes time for a new item to become popular and common house hold object. I think the younger generations will probably be much more accepting of ebooks just because they have been exposed to it much more than our generation and older ones. Ebooks will also have to prove to people that they are “better” than actual books. They will have to provide readers with something that enhances the experience of reading and makes it more enjoyable. People attitudes have to change.

Platforming Too Far?

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I believe that Craig Mod could sell a used car for more than it was worth brand new. The man can sell some ideas because he fully invests and believes in them. Quite frankly though, I am a little confused by platforming. I believe Mod is talking about purchasing a form of a text and offer it to others via internet in all types of forms. Sure it sounds awesome, but damn what about the author or artist of the work? Are they going to have any compensation or credit for their work? Or is it going to just be a new and improved kazaa for text instead of music.

Writers: Jumpin' from a Platform Here?

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This platform is going to do more than give those who buy books alternative routes to the text, it will (God willing) spread knowledge like wildfire... if things go according to Mod's plan and this marketing tool engages other publishers. To take a purchased text and offer it to others via internet or Ereader is one thing, but I think this pushes the narrative of the platform forward and poses the notion that sharing with a friend who did not purchase the text will happen. They could enter an internet access code and viola, weekly reading!

Not an Island

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To platform a book means to make it usable across various forms of resources. This could be anything from an eReader to an actual printed book to the internet. Mod discusses all of the different things that have to go into each format. Each of the formats that books can be presented in changes small things in the book. This has the capability to make each reading of the same text somewhat unique. One of the most interesting things that Mod said was that the problem used to be getting the material into the format, but now, the problem is how the eReader affects the text.

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