What I mean is, I'm going to buy an e-reader within the next month. And whether I go for the Amazon Kindle or the Barnes & Noble Nook, the way I consume the written word -- and trust me I'm a big consumer -- will be changed
Now, many people bemoan the loss of the tactile sensation of holding a book in your hand when you change to an e-reader - the heft, the weight of the book is a very viceral experience for them. I get that.
What I'll miss most though, is the jacket cover. Please tell me, how will something as beautiful as the Gatsby cover be replicated? In other words, what will happen to jacket cover art? Also - how will people know how smart if they can't tell what book you are reading? (Don't over look this point - it's very important on New York City subways!)
So while e-readers lack the proper jacket covers of the hardcovers they replace, Barnes & Noble has commissioned a few "designer" covers for their new Nook e-reader. And some of them are pretty cool.
My favorite are from Jack Spade.
Don't get me wrong - there is no way to compare the beauty of a classic jacket cover with a simple protective slip cover. And I don't think jacket covers will die off completely as I think we'll still be reading on paper for decades and decades to come.
However, I think it is interesting that where one door is closed in terms of design, another opens in an unexpected fashion.