Do you enjoy showing off your books? Or maybe you enjoy seing your shelves filled with books. While I do like my book shelves, I also find myself running out of shelf room for additional books. Enter eBooks. Readers are no longer limited by shelf space. You can own hundreds or thousands of books. But what becomes of your library?
Is a list of icons on an eReader really a library? In function, perhaps yes. But poetically, books provide not only words on paper, but an environment of knowledge. With books buried inside a screen, book lovers will want to be surrounded by their books.
Solution: book posters. Imagine if you could have a poster of all the books you own. It could be a life-size printed poster hanging on your wall. But hey, we are in the digital world. We read books on screens. Why not have your book shelf be one large screen? The same technology that powers the Kindle could create your bookshelf.
Eventually e-ink will get cheap enough where large posters with the digital technology can be created. Every time you buy a book, it will automatically appear on your digital poster bookshelf. Every time you read a book on your Kindle, the book’s space on your shelf will show an empty spot. Loan a kindle book to a friend? The book will be ghosted on your shelf with the words “on loan to Sally.”
Digital bookshelf posters will be a reality.