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New York Times: E-Book Covers. Not.

We leap from the “past of papyrus” to the “tensions of today” momentarily to note an article in the New York Times yesterday, written by Motoko Rich and titled “In E-Book Era, You Can’t Even Judge a Cover.” Subscribers, and maybe even mortals, may read the article on-line here.

Good point, there Ms. Rich! In their brief fling with “covers”  a while back, your sluggish Editors overlooked this useful insight! Never mind. The e-book cover’s just around the corner—we now belatedly predict.

It will be introduced with fanfare on the nth update of the reading hardware as a “feature,” and publishers of e will rapidly exploit it. But what do we have in mind? A means of projecting, immediately upon download, of a vivid pic on the not yet available but soon to be introduced outer cover of new e-book readers (optional but free if you buy yours NOW) of any BeBook, COO-LER, Cybook, Codex 2000, Digital Reader 1000, eSlick, Hanlin V2, Hanlin V3, Hanlin V5,  iLiad,  Librié, Kindle, Kindle 2, Kindle DX, Papyrus, PRS-700, or PRS-505.

But who’ll be first? Let the betting begin right now—and keep checking your e-mail. With electronics promising us infinite flexibility, the vivid e-cover on the ever-more-splendid e-reader will then in rapid succession develop capacities for showing mobile covers, then covers that talk, and finally covers that produce their come-ons with musical accompaniment featuring the latest winner of American Idol. Oh, what fun awaits us…

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