Friday, 13 April 2012
Kindling For The Fire
By Richard Jay Parker
Today it's been announced that Ray Bradbury's novel about a dystopian future where books are outlawed is to be published as an ebook.
Its title, FAHRENHEIT 451, is said to refer to the temperature at which paper burns although it's since been estimated to actually be somewhere between 424 to 474.
This seems like a very apt title to release as an ebook. If you believe one side of a familiar argument it appears to be contributing to the death of the paper book - the very entity the story celebrates. If you're on the other side it appears to be contributing to its evolution.
Bradbury himself is said to have resisted the Internet and been dismissive of it in the past. Now he has his ASIN number this is probably the ultimate example of what the future will most definitely mean for writers.
I wonder at what temperature a Kindle burns at? I'm sure there are lots of people in the industry who would cheerfully 'take a reading.'
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