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Monday: Chat about the future of reading

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Times technology reporters David Sarno (at left) and Alex Pham (center) and book critic David Ulin (right) talk about the evolution of the book and what it might mean for reading in a special Pacific Time podcast.

They'll continue that discussion with Times readers in a live chat at 1 p.m. Monday.

The chat will take place in the gray box below. Join us to ask questions and share your thoughts about technology and reading.


Photos: David Sarno, Alex Pham, David Ulin. Credit: Los Angeles Times


Pacific Time podcast: What is a book?

Books

What is a book?

Some might describe it as a written work or composition that has been published, printed on pages bound together. Others might say it's just the content, separate from its container.

With the increasing prevalence of digital technologies, how we conceive, receive and relate to books will evolve.

Beginning Sunday, the Los Angeles Times will explore in an occasional series the future of reading, the technologies and their effect on the culture of reading and writing.

Pacific Time podcast

In this episode, we speak with Times reporters Alex Pham and David Sarno, L.A. Times book critic and former Book editor David Ulin, chief executive of the Assn. of American Publishers Tom Allen and author Jason Kelly.

Since reading is both a personal and a communal experience, we'd also love to hear from you about your perspectives on the changes in the reading experience. Comment below and check back on Monday at 1 p.m. Pacific Time for a live chat with Los Angeles Times staffers David Ulin, Alex Pham and David Sarno.

The podcast is in two parts. Listen to part one by clicking the first play button and part two below that, or subscribe here.

Part one -- Alex Pham, David Sarno and David Ulin (15:08):


Part two -- Tom Allen and Jason Kelly (9:28):

You can read the first article in the series this weekend at latimes.com/reading.

-- Michelle Maltais

Photo: Clara Aragon shops for books with her dog Penny during the 2009 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA. Christina House / For The Times

Something to tweet about

The Times is on Twitter. The more than 52,000 of you who follow the newspaper's main account (@latimes) already know this, but probably many more of you don’t.

In addition to the @latimes account, which sends out a “best of The Times” mix of headlines, there are about 60 that break down by subject: sports (@latimessports), world news (@latimesworld), entertainment (@latimesent), or that are connected with blogs: L.A. Now (@lanow), Hero Complex (@LATHeroComplex), Ministry of Gossip (@LATcelebs).

But how do you know to follow them if you don’t know they’re there? Twitter is now helping with that. The company has begun featuring six of The Times’ major accounts as suggested users to follow: @latimesbooks, @latimesbiz, @latimesfood, @latimeshealth, @latimesphotos and @latimestravel.

This is the first time Times accounts have been singled out by Twitter. The notice is part of an expansion of the company’s list of featured accounts.

As the company explained on its blog: “Rather than suggesting a random set of 20 users for a new user to follow, now we let users browse into the areas they are interested in and choose who they want to follow from these lists.”

Times blog editor Tony Pierce explained why the inclusion is noteworthy: “Twitter is a tastemaker of sorts and highly influential. They have millions of really smart users who want to know who the most interesting folks using Twitter are. We are lucky enough to have a few of those interesting folks working for us.

“It may not mean a lot to our existing readers who already know about how great our writers are, but it will mean a lot to people who might not know about our fine photographs, book reviews and travel tips,  for example.”

A list of all Times-related Twitter accounts can be found at latimes.com/twitter. You can follow them all  here.

--Deirdre Edgar

Yes, the Readers' Rep office is on Twitter, too: @LATreadersrep

This is the backup site for The Los Angeles Times. We'll post news and information if latimes.com becomes inoperable or inaccessible.

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