From Publishing Perspectives:
“I don’t give a damn about the future of the book,” was Argentine writer Hernán Casciari’s dramatic statement to a surprised audience at the 3rd International E-book Symposium in Mexico City last week.
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And while many of the roundtable discussions focused on the rising popularity of ebooks in Spain and Latin America, and the importance of embracing electronic publishing for writers, booksellers and libraries, the novelist and blogger’s message was simple: the advent of the Internet and our increased connectivity have ruined our attention span as readers and present new challenges to creative writing.
Increasingly sophisticated gadgets and ubiquitous Internet access mean that we are ever closer to information and knowledge, and yet our ability to glean that knowledge, by reading uninterruptedly, has been irrevocably stymied, he said.
“I don’t care if people read ebooks or traditional books, or about the relationship between both, or about the death of either. What’s important right now is our lack of concentration, our inability to be able to read, listen or write for more than 20 minutes,” he said, while readily admitting his own guilt at such a shortcoming.
“Back in the 20th century I used to read voraciously, and could sit and write for hours. Something happened at the beginning of the 20th century, a gradual change I liken to a frog in a pan of water coming to the boil. By the time the frog realizes that the water is going to boil and it’s time to get out, its muscles have atrophied and it’s too late.”
“The digital era has made us lazy and apathetic, and our stories, our literature, are losing their shine,” he said.
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