Thursday, July 10, 2014

Clipping Application

Links to this and other information about "clipping" arrived in my email basket this morning. This is just one more step on a long process that will slowly evolve a follow on to paper books. Paper books evolved over many centuries first no doubt from notes on clay tablets to papyrus to scrolls in papyrus or parchment, to the codex format and then through printing first by woodcuts and finally moveable type. The flexibility of the underlying medium, paper, allowed readers to take notes easily and associate them with the text they were reading. Digital and electronic media are in their infancy so have not evolved the convenience of paper, and frankly have a long way to go. Just the human machine interface is still quite clumsy with the keyboard, generally no graphical interface so you can't make little helpful sketches in the margins, and so forth. Over time we can expect all that to change and that will be interesting.

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