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Focussing on these ‘problems’ of the book, as outlined in full below by Jeff Jarvis:
They’re frozen in time without means of being updated or corrected.
They have no link to related knowledge, debates, and sources.
They create, at best, a one-way relationship with a reader.
They try to teach readers but donâ€™t teach authors.
They’re too damned long cause they have to be long enough to be books.
They limit how knowledge can be found cause they have to sit on a shelf Thereâ€™s only one way to get to it.
They arenâ€™t searchable. They arenâ€™t linkable. They have no metadata. They carry no conversation.
I can’t help but think that these aren’t problems, or at least there are times when they aren’t.
Like when I don’t want to be distracted by hyperlinks and interactive discussion, when I simply want to sit quietly, at length, with the manuscript in my hands, and read it deeply, contemplate it, learn from and absorb it.
Once I’ve done this, then I can jump around looking for links and conversation with the short attention spanned.