Grant McCracken: How To Read A Book Now
A look at the new ways we are reading and interacting with content.
Sometime in the late 1970s, I was sitting in the Rare Books Room of the Cambridge University library. I had just come back from lunch.
I was reading a leather bound book published in 1588, and all of a sudden and for the very briefest moment, I imagined myself immensely fat, covered in grease, and sitting on a groaning wooden chair that seemed ready to burst.
And then the sensation was gone. If you are inclined to this sort of thing, and I am not, you would say that I made psychic contact with the person who owned this book, that I was for a split second an Elizabethan.