Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Kim Stanley Robinson focuses on science, the environment, and the future

Davis author Kim Stanley Robinson focuses on science, the environment, and the future | Davis Enterprise:


KSR via The Davis Enterprise


Robinson, 59, now finds himself squarely in the midst of a swiftly moving change-of-platform in the publishing industry, as e-books and flat screen readers like the Kindle and the Nook are gaining market share. As a longtime lover of bound volumes, Robinson will readily confess “I personally prefer to read physical books” — the old-fashioned, ink-on-paper kind. But as a futurist who has made a career out of anticipating where technological trends could take us, Robinson adds that he’s developed an appreciation for e-books as well. “Using a Kindle with a non-illumnated flat screen, you’re not looking into a flashlight. It’s another form of a book, and it’s almost like having people walking around with the Library of Congress in their pockets. It also solves the book industry’s problem in terms of internet piracy, figuring out a way that’s easy for people to pay a small amount (to read a book), at which point people are willing to pay.”
h/t kimon at kimstanleyrobinson.info 

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