Richard Krauss

Richard Krauss

I am an avid reader, video game collector, and sports fanatic. Also, I love Nabokov, all things Nintendo, and Atlanta Pro sports. Aesthetic value in things is important to me!

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What is the Aesthetic Value of Physical Literature As Opposed To Digital Literature Such as eBooks?

Am I the only one that prefers a physical book over electronic forms? There is something magical about the smell of a physical book. Seeing yours or other people’s notes in the margins. Having a tangible representation of a story? What is everyone’s opinion about this?

  • You could consider this topic from the point of illuminated texts such as the ones found in Ireland (Book of Kells)... Or even first edition printed copies of books. As someone who likes to collect physical books, I think there is a lot you could write about here. – Lauren Mead 3 years ago
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  • I would find studies or articles detailing if electronic books are starting to outpace physical books to see if the digital age is starting to see the end of the physical book medium. – BMartin43 3 years ago
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  • The materiality of a book is not only of value for the individual reader, but also research Topic in many insitutions. It might be interesting to look at the changing materiality of a text and how it is presented. – L.J. 3 years ago
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  • I finally broke down and got a Kindle for Christmas. I love it, but agree physical books are irreplaceable. There's something beautifully comforting about holding and reading a physical book. – Stephanie M. 3 years ago
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  • Yes, its as if I remember it more with a physical copy. – melanie614 3 years ago
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  • I agree with others that there is something tangible about holding a physical book in your hands. Maybe it's because you're more active: you have to turn the pages, feel the paper. Books have a smell that bring to mind a lifetime of perusing bookstores and libraries. I own a Kindle and I like it- I've ready many books on it. But it'll never fill me with the nostalgia (maybe that's what this is really about!) and satisfaction of a physical book. – Jesse Munoz 3 years ago
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  • I do like a physical book, but with my OCD it's hard for me to enjoy having a physical copy because I am so concerned with making sure it does not get dirty or any of the pages get bent. While I prefer reading a physical book, it's easier for me to manage an ebook. – ac7r 3 years ago
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  • Maybe you can see books as a fetish object. Personally, I have an eBook I bought when I moved to the U.S. as I didn't want to buy physical ones to them sell them when moving back (I would feel like betraying them and knowledge), so having hundreds of them on a small and light device I thought it would help me.Bad news, guys: I already have tons of physical books and I have started to create my strategy to take them back home with me (without costing me hundreds of dollars).I found myself using digital books for academic purposes and when traveling (going along with a physical one or ones... sorry, I can't handle it!!) and physical books when I read them for entertainment as I like my reading experience to be total: smell them, touch them... feel them in general.I like to see my reading progress and to see how much is left to read (and crying out loud desperately).So I would see digital books and physical books as a comparison between food and ''nouvelle cuisine'' (books + food = best. date. EVER, hahaha) – barbarapetidier 3 years ago
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  • I find it interesting that keeping physical books seems to hold more appeal now than keeping CDs or even DVDs. I can't see the use in buying a physical CD, but if I love a book, I definitely try to buy a copy. I wonder if there is still some new technological advancement in ebooks that will make the shift away from physical books more complete. – bookishwhimsy 3 years ago
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  • It seems that for people who only need the content, an ebook would suffice for providing a convenient way of gathering the necessary information. The rest of us really care about the material or the imprint of the cover; the page layout in terms of paper, margins, spacing and grouping of images among other elements of printing. Being able to insert a photo of a friend or relative into the pages, or write notes on a separate sheet and tuck it next to a chapter, removing a section with excellent dialogue or fine artwork to take with you or to pin on a bulletin board at work is definitely a trait that make paper books practical. Making paper books is a entirely creative process on all levels requiring many hands; whereas, ebooks are products designed by highly trained minds. For those that don't agree, museums will always have a place for the relics that paper books might become and the future will undoubtedly uncover more methods for delivery of content, in their own ingenious ways even if for the mere novelty of doing so. It may reach the point where people will succumb to public pressure to use the technology and not be seen as living behind the times. – L:Freire 2 years ago
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Richard Krauss

I actually suggested this as a potential topic on this site. My personal opinion is that physical literature is always more enjoyable, but as many others have already pointed out, the convenience and mobility of eReaders is a deciding factor. Overall, you have crafted a really well written article. However, I would suggest that the article could have done without the history lesson on eBooks. For example, the space could have been used to compare learning spaces. I am a recent college grad and during my time in undergrad, many of my professors offered the class books as open source pdf to alleviate cost. So, you could have compared the ebook advantages and disadvantages between k-12 and upper level educational spaces.

Online vs Print: The Digital Age of Books
Richard Krauss

This is one of the reasons that I gave up on the WiiU. I was extremely upset when they announced Federation Forces and no title for the WiiU. However, I also am on the fence about a new Metroid game because with the original creators no longer around, how much will the quality suffer?

Why Nintendo Should Make a New Metroid Game
Richard Krauss

Graphics are a positive bonus for those who are looking to become fully immersed in a fantasy world. However, as someone who loves to read, I think that story is more important than art design. Don’t get me wrong, great visuals and art style help create the world, but there are a lot of games that are graphically and artistically amazing, yet feel empty.

Graphics, Pixels, and the Art of Video Games
Richard Krauss

There are so many adult themes in Tolkien’s work that you don’t pick up on when you read his work a child. The silmarillion alone could provide enough lore or inspiration for every RPG ever made.

The Influence of J.R.R. Tolkien on Modern Video Gaming
Richard Krauss

Matt,

This is a well articulated article. For me, in order to look at video games as a form of literature, it isn’t even necessary to look at game-play, artistic design, or anything else pertaining to the actual video game itself. I think all you have to do is look how integrated they are in terms of popular culture and its impact on daily life to make an argument that it is a form of literature. Great Job.

Are Video Games Worth Studying? (A Literary Perspective)