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Archive for the ‘The Great eBook Debate’ Category

In July 2012, Isobelle Carmody hosted an online forum called The Great eBook Debate.

It featured a collection of essays from luminaries of all aspects of the book world; authors, journalists, educators at all levels, overseas and indigenous authors and editors, large and independent publishers, illustrators and poets, commenting on the state of the publishing world and the effect the eVolution of books into digital formats has had on their lives, plus what this might pose for the future of reading.

This important and educational debate was a part of Isobelle’s Greylands eBook Launch, and since that event is over, the eVolution Debate is being republished online here, in Isobelle’s blog, including all public comments made during the debate, for all to read (or re-read) and enjoy.

Greylands, by Isobelle Carmody

The Greylands eBook is available from Amazon, Smashwords, and The reprinted Ford St Publishing version of Greylands can be bought from the Ford St website.

  • The Last Word

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    I have always wanted to have the last word only I am not the sort of person who comes up with it on the spur of the moment. For me, to write is to think..

  • Parchments, Paper and Palimpsests

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    The word ‘palimpsest’ is not usually found in an eleven-year’s vocabulary, even a word-loving kid, as I was. I learnt it only because my family were living in England My mother had, with the idea..

  • Drawing Dragons

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    In P3 (as grade 3 is known in Northern Ireland) my teacher began reading Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It probably comes as no surprise to anyone who knows the books I’ve illustrated that it left an..

  • Paper Traces

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    Recently my boyfriend and I broke up. When the recriminations and the laments were done, my parting request was that he return my copy of Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem. He’d borrowed it months earlier,..

  • The Lost Art

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    I am a reader.  I don’t mind how or where I read a book as long as I can lose myself in a story. Reading allows me to escape to another time and place; makes me..

  • The shape of books to come

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    My name is Nick and I’m a gamer. I enjoy playing games, and I enjoy making them. I’ve spent the last 15 years working as a video game developer and now myself, and two of..

  • Lost Treasures

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    It was like a small death – a lemming leaping over the precipice with the mob because someone thought it was a good idea. Only to survive and wonder how you could be convinced such..

  • A View of One’s Own

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    I am not tremendously for or against ebooks – they simply are but one more form that stories can take. Unlike newspapers, I think there will always be a market for printed books, and that..

  • A pernickity book worm

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    From the moment my mother first introduced me to the written word I have been a book worm. Always curious, always questioning and always devouring new stories and adventures – eager to dig in and..

  • E-books: a love-hate relationship

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    E-books are brilliant. I don’t like e-books. These two statements sum up my feelings about e-books, and rather than try to resolve the paradox by choosing one side or another, I’m going to let the..