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On the future of reading

July 19, 2010 |  1:33 pm


Los Angeles Times reporters Alex Pham and David Sarno are investigating the various ways books are changing. Their occasional series on the future of reading launched Sunday; in it, they wrote that "new technologies as revolutionary as the printing press are changing the concept of a book and what it means to be literate. Sound, animation and the ability to connect to the Internet have created the notion of a living book that can establish an entirely new kind of relationship with readers."

From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Pham, Sarno and book critic David L. Ulin are chatting online with readers about the series and the questions it raises; join them here.

Is interactivity the future, like the iPhone app of the periodic table? Does it look like the multimedia features provided by Vook, including links and embedded video? Or is it not interactivity, but interaction -- with other readers -- that will be more important as books evolve?

If you miss the online chat, Sarno, Pham and Ulin can be heard discussing the article in Friday's special edition of the podcast Pacific Time.

And in the future, count on ongoing discussion of reading, books and shiny reading devices here at Jacket Copy.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: A girl looks at an iPad at an Apple store in London in May. Credit: Dan Kitwood / Getty Images