The goals of the electronic reading device are simple: to replace bound paper, and to change the way we read and buy books. Lofty, but maybe not impossible goals, for our wired, jacked up, on-demand world.
Purists warn against putting books in electronic garb: Beware of the effects on our culture. Read between the lines. We'll do just that, with a concerned critic and a top technology writer.
This hour, On Point: Reading 2.0 and the future of books.
Steven Levy, senior editor at Newsweek, he wrote this week's cover story "The Future of Reading." He's the author of several books, including "The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness."
Sven Birkerts, essayist and literary critic, he's the editor of AGNI magazine and author of several books, including "The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age."
This program aired on November 20, 2007.