Reading in the digital age: the new desire for the book


Books over-read and Write – this is a Trend. The Frankfurt book fair is the Forum to talk about the book in the digital age thoughts. Talks about a Comeback of an old cultural technique.

Books over the book: a Trend that is increasing. That is the impression one gets while Strolling through the halls of the book fair and looking at the expenses of the publishers. It will be increasingly published books over to read and Write. It seems as if you want to make sure in the age of digital transformation, the importance of the heritage book, new. The turnover numbers, which give each year information about book sales and obligations are not outstanding, but not as worrying as a few years ago. The of some already written a classic book is a Comeback?

Books open up new spaces of Thought

The “new” interest in the book is felt in many places, in conversations and discussion forums, to. “The pleasure book” is the name of a small, worth reading a compendium of around the book, written by the historian of science Michael Hagner: “The title is not programmatic, but rather in the sense that the ‘desire for the book means, for me, access to the world, the specific areas of experience and Thought to open, of which one has no books, no clue,” says Hagner, opposite the Deutsche Welle.

Michael Hagner

Books as a door-opener for new “thinking space”, this is also a result of a new, or resurgent desire for the “beautiful book”. Although this is not a new phenomenon, noted Hagner and reminiscent of the 1980s and that of Hans Magnus Enzensberger published a series of books “Other library”: “at the Time, had enough of the cheaply produced pocket-books. Today there is a growing interest for it seems to me to consist of, how book culture is responding to the digital omnipresence. Original and carefully crafted books are an answer, and will be rewarded.”

The new digital variety also carries risks for the reader

“Openness is, in General, is the gateway to stupidity” one reads in Hagners book. What does he mean? This is a quote from the French thinker Roland Barthes, he got a little distorted: “it’s going to be a criticism of those who claim openness, transparency, and permanent accessibility of all the texts in the network automatically guarantee education and democracy.” The had been falsified “painful reality.” Openness has become a fetish: “I think That’s stupid.”

Argue committed to books and book culture: Doris Dörrie

The book, therefore, as a means to address different and possibly better with texts of any kind? Notes on a new desire to read the book, are also found in other authors. Read “Write to Breathe” is the latest book publication of the Director and writer Doris Dörrie, also the tape about reading and Writing.

Read “Write to Breathe” is read-only instructions and live memory

For many years, Dorrie’s Letter to colleges, you know about the connection between reading and Writing: “Our brain is designed to be very strong on consumption. We love moving images and it is very difficult, from moving pictures to something to turn to, what Text is,” says Dörrie, who is also a successful film Director and, therefore, with moving images to have an excellent knowledge.

The image moved again, back to an empty line of text, not an easy thing: “it’s complicated, because our brains consume so much to you. And the read is a different, more active activity, than to look at pictures,” says Dörrie. You have to train again: “If you write, then you are learning at the same time to read.”

Knows moving images, and books: Doris Dörrie, the “cherry blossoms Hanami” in 2008, filmed (a scene) and also a movie, made a book out of it

Read “Write to Breathe” is a guide to Writing for Everyone, an encouragement to write yourself, but at the same time also a very honest, sad memory book for the author, this should go to many of the readers to the heart. It had become arguably her most personal book, says Dorrie in the DW-interview.

Doris Dörrie: “After moving pictures, I have to give me a jolt”

The New media you are blocking yourself in any way. Also, you’ll have your E-Book with you on trips, told you it was convenient, you could pick up so many titles. However, the author Dörrie argues for the cultural heritage book: “I like it very, very much, to take paper in Hand and so a real book. I read differently, I read longer and more concentrated, if I don’t have a way out.” If you are reading a book electronically, which you do mostly on the I-Pad, you’ll be distracted: “I can see briefly what’s going on on Instagram? What’s new on Facebook? What degree is going on somewhere in the world?”

Dorrie admits: “Even I have to overcome something, because I can tell when my brain gets used to a long time at the motion pictures, I need to give myself a jolt to me to run lyrics heart. This is actually a training thing.”

Can not prevail in Germany, so far, so legal: the eBook

A book-reading is something else than reading in front of the TV. The Michael Hagner confirmed: “All of the known empirical studies of the reading, the reading of printed texts leads to a better, more sustainable understanding. In other words: with digital read, no one has become a closer, better readers. Through the combination of analog and digital reading practices, some have become likely to be a variety of readers.”

“Germany’s belesenster the dentist” writes book about 1500 books

And what should you read now, in these times, in which the offer of all the pages continuously to a flowing? Also, many new books give information. One of the certainly most original in this autumn Of a reading companion – A journey of discovery through the world of books is called””. Posted by the manic readers Tobias flowers mountain, son of the famous German philosopher Hans Blumenberg has it. His father had him brought as a child by Erich Kästner and Honoré de Balzac two unforgettable reading experiences, remembers the son.

A few years ago, Tobias flowers mountain has sold the book in a small edition, self-published. Then it was sold out. After a year-long madcap Odyssey through the publishing and book industry and The reading companion is available now in a well-respected publishing house and gets the attention it deserves in the book. Germany’s most famous literature critic Denis Scheck advertises the 800-pages-book chunks.

Frankfurt book fair 2019: Not only a place for books, be introduced to electronic media

Flower mountain, which deserves a main occupation as a dentist, his money, has recorded his Reading life, it has it all between two covers of a book together, which fascinated him and impressed: “I’m not a professional, not a professional for nothing, except for implant-supported bridges, which extend from one ear to the other,” he whimsically to the answer to the question, what criteria he had for the Writing of his book about the world of books.

Blumenberg does not judge, but his enthusiasm

The old and the new classics you read about, Known and Unknown, all what it has read Tobias flowers, mountain-like, to about 1500 books, he comes. He may see himself as a “dilettante”, I have just written a book, life through his own personal reading, lectures, he modestly: “I am neither judgments, nor I can see anything, but I describe what is going on with me, when I read, what I feel for books, if I’ve consumed, but I’m not one to assess anything objectively.”

And as he holds it with the reading in digital times, how people will read in future novels and short stories? “I think it comes down to it, what stories you tell them,” are flowers the mountain to bear in mind: “Good stories are always in demand. Anyone who believes that he can arrive with inferior print products, you will experience shipwreck.”

New books on reading, Writing and the world of books

Of course, he also reads on the screen, but “Germany’s belesenster the dentist” (blurb of the publishing house) is like Hagner and Dorrie are a Fan of the printed book: “these are two completely different worlds, of course I have to read on the screen, but for me, it is a constant torment,” says Blumenberg. He had the feeling, “that the on-screen controls more than the book, and that, conversely, the freedom of the printed book is virtually boundless.”

At least it was “up to the moment, where I’m able to pepper in the corner, which is Yes, too, sometimes.” And that could make it “to his screen only once.” Which is not to disagree. Also an advantage of the good old book…

To read More: Michael Hagners “The pleasure book” is published by island, Dörries “reading Writing Breathing” in Diogenes, and flower mountain, “reading companion” in Kiwi. Another book about reading and Writing in the DuMont-publishing and is called: “read-time – on-the-Go, reading for each time window”.

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