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THE BOOK THAT SCREAMED

Larry Butterworth

San Diego, United States

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keywords for this image:bookburning, books, cyberspace, gutenberg, larry butterworth, old fashioned books, origins of print, scream, digital technology, writing, internet, kindle, digital books, blogs, web pages, i-book, printing press

One could imagine the book, venerable as it is, just vanishing into the ether.
It melts into all the other information species searchable through Google’s most
democratic of engines: the web pages, the blogs, the orlglns of printed and broadcast news,
the general chatter. (Thanks for everything, Gutenberg, and now goodbye)
Now at this point one expects to hear a certain type of sentimental plea for the
old-fashioned book-how you like the feel of the thing resting in your hand, the smell
of the pages the faint cracking of the spine when you open a new book-and one may
envision an aesthete who bakes his own bread and also professes to prefer the
sound of vinyl. That’s not my argument. I do love the heft of a book in my hand, but I
spend most of my waking hours looking at-which mainly means reading from-a computer
screen. I’m just saying that the book is technology that works.
For some kinds of books, the writing is on the wall. Encycolpedias are finished.
All encyclopedias combined, including redoubtable Britannnica, have already been itself in cyberspace.
where it has doubled in size and grown more timely and usable than ever. And those hefty
objects called “telephone books”? As antquated as typewriters. The book has had a life
as the world’pre-eminent device for the storage and retrieval of knowledge, but may be ending,
where the physical object is concerned.

Excerpts from: How to Publish Without Perishing by James Gleick, The New York Times.

Took lots of photos of books in different positions, used filters
created a background from scratch, added gradient and blends
drew the fire and drew the lightning, blurred and opacity change
photo of hands inserted, face inserted, tower inserted, birds inserted

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