bLink: Completing the Connection Between the Analog and Digital WorldsManolis Kelaidis, Designer, Royal College of ArtBooks have inherent qualities that make them an irreplaceable medium, even today. They have survived unchanged for centuries and are one of the most familiar and bestselling products we know. For a particular type of user experience they simply have not been bettered. Digital media (portable devices, touch-screens, etc.), however, has been offering seductive new possibilities to readers, especially in terms of interactivity. Can these two worlds, the digital and the physical, co-exist in a product that would offer the benefits of both? Manolis Kelaidis demonstrates his elegant ideas for next-generation books.From O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing, San Jose, CA, Wednesday, June 20th, 2007.
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