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Hear Me Out On "The Future Of The Book"

A quick (self-promotional) programming note -- I'll be on the air from noon to about 1 p.m. today on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi show, talking about "The Future of the Book" with a couple of experts who have studied the issue in far more detail than I have.

You can tune in at 88.5 FM in the D.C. area (bonus points to anybody who, in the comments, reports on how it sounds on the station's HD Radio signal) or live on the Internet. Meanwhile, what's your one-sentence prediction for how we'll read books in five years from now? Will something like Amazon's Kindle be that much closer to perfection, will ubiquitous broadband make the entire concept of book "ownership" meaningless, or will paper still be in style?

By Rob Pegoraro  |  March 10, 2009; 11:01 AM ET
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The "future of the book" won't be on HD Radio, because no one cares and the HD signals have poor range, dropouts, and digital artifacting:

When ubiquitous Internet access is finally realized, HD Radio will be a non-issue. HD Radio interference is destroying OUR public airways!

Posted by: sidwellfriends | March 10, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I am tempted to start dropping random references to HD Radio in other posts, just to see how long it takes our pal sidwellfriends to lob in a comment...

- RP

Posted by: robpegoraro | March 10, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, Rob - as long as you shill for HD Radio, I'll be posting. So, how does it feel to support the slow destruction of our airways?

Posted by: sidwellfriends | March 10, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Well I have to echo our pal sidwellfriends, it certainly won't be in HD. Obviously you have studied the future of books much better than you've studied the future of radio, it certainly won't be HD, you can't give those things away. It also speaks volumes that one solitary person gets extra points for listening with an HD receiver, especially since it's been years since the whooshing buzzing noise maker has been ruining radio listening for all.

Posted by: youngbob53 | March 10, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Rob - why don't you write an article about what is REALLY happening with HD Radio/IBOC, as David Downs of the East Bay Express had the guts to do a couple of years ago? It seems that certain media groups are on iBiquity's payroll - just ask John Gorman, of Gorman Media. Also, I thought that personal attacks violated the Washington Post's terms of service.

Posted by: sidwellfriends | March 10, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Just imagine that some advanced ancient civilization got completely past writing in stone, on walls of caves or even on 'paper.'


MAYBE it would be nice to have a device where one could read 'a book' without a paper book, but even massive destruction would likely leave some paper records -- somewhere.

Heaven forbid some kind of massive destruction where no paper books survive.

Posted by: | March 11, 2009 4:51 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that many of us will be using some form of digital reader. People who travel more will be more likely to use it. People living in small apartments, or houses with little storage space, will likewise be using it.

I say, as I've said before, that the Kindle and other readers are perfect for newspapers and magazines.

But we will still need something robust for reading on the beach.

Posted by: wiredog | March 11, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

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