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Pacific Time podcast: What is a book?

July 16, 2010 | 11:58 am

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

-- 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