The Red-Nosed Man Discourseth!

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    On my book shelf …

    Although nicely presented as a grid of covers, the Kindle layout of eBooks doesn’t quite have the same appeal as a messy, overflowing bookcase. This might be because there is some status attached to bookcases and, more generally, to the display of books.   So-called “coffee-table books” are perhaps the most obvious major printed product whose primary purpose is to signify status; that is, books whose selection from commercial offerings and prominent display in our lounge rooms supposedly manifests our wisdom and good taste for others to see and guage. I wonder then how the current turn to eBooks and eReaders will change this. How long before eBook platforms open up your digital library for public viewing, within which you can order, re-order, hide and display those books you want the world to know you own, read or admire?

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