I love the look, feel and smell of a book. This physicality, however, is still not entirely transferable in today’s digital offerings. Author and cover designer Chip Kidd said it best in his most recent TED talk:
Much is to be gained by eBooks: ease, convenience, portability. But something is definitely lost: tradition, a sensual experience, the comfort of thingy-ness â€” a little bit of humanity… I am all for the iPad but trust me, smelling it will get you nowhere.
Maybe scent hasn’t been successfully integrated into e-books yet, but the look truly has and is going beyond what a traditional book can offer. Continue Reading →