Epiphany on Ebooks

Because I’m such a modern guy, I downloaded Keith Richards” Life on my iPad, read it, and really liked it (see previous posting).

   OK, the plot thickens: my son Will is a musician, living in Santa Cruz (Calif.) and is working with engineer Rich Williams of Paradise Recording studio on a recording device that, in Will’s words: “… (uses) analog tape to get a sound that feels good. Analog recording is like a hand built home, whereas digital recording is analogous to a prefab house. This way is old fashioned, imperfect, and feels better.”

   If you read my previous post about what the Stones were doing 40+ years ago, it sounds a lot like what Paradise recordings’ hardware is doing in the 21st century. Why am I not surprised that deviating from the purely digital can up the soul factor?

   SO: I wanted to show Will the bit about Keith and the acoustic guitar/tape-deck bit, and looked around on my iPad, couldn’t find it. That afternoon we went to Bookshop Santa Cruz (see below), and I picked up the real book. Wow! There just ain’t no comparison. I could thumb through the pages, skip back and forth at will, the photos were way better. Thus was a 3-dimensional object, way more than anything on a flat screen. Tactile. By comparison, luscious.

   It made me realize that physical hold-in-your-hands books aren’t dead. Nor are bookstores (the good ones) going to disappear. Radio didn’t replace TV, etc. (We bought $160 worth of books and magazines that day.)

   Our books with 1000+ photos are unique physical objects (wait until you see our next one!), and just ain’t going to work nearly as well on a flat screen.

  We had a good discussion here last week about Ebooks (which are here to stay) vs. real books. I’ve finally got the other side of the equation now that I’ve read a few Ebooks. For years I’ve been hearing the technorati’s doom and gloom predictions for real books and real publishers. Well, the reports of our death(s) are greatly exaggerated. 

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

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