Five Things Friday: Paper vs. Digital

The debate about paper books versus digital books continues. In my post earlier this week, I thought that the argument is rather moot. I don’t think it is necessarily a case of one over the other. Personally, I use my iPad to read ebooks or or content that is exclusively online and still have a sizeable paper library of fiction and non-fiction books – still my favourite way to really enjoy thought-provoking works.

1. The Power of Paper in a Digital Era – Scholars have learned so much about writer’s through their collected papers and you have to wonder what will be lost when writers only work in digital, not keeping each draft of a work.

2. Going West by Maurice Gee – another fabulous book trailer/video produced by the New Zealand Book Council for a book originally published in 1994 (found via Brainpicking.org).

3. An hilarious cartoon about the future library.

4. It’s a Book by Lane Smith – another funny book trailer that celebrates the magic of paper books.

5. Love Downton Abbey (PBS) but want to read novels set during the same time period? Russell Smith provides several excellent options, including The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. The movie is also excellent.

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Writing Habits of Famous Writers

I love this article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal over a month ago. Okay, I’m late to find it, but it is a good read.  The article explores the writing habits of famous writers including Nicholson Baker, Hilary Mantel, Kazuo Ishiguro, Junot Diaz, Michael Ondaatje and Margaret Atwood. Several of the writers still write early drafts by hand, eschewing the computer until the final draft.