Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Updating the Classics...For Facebook

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I saw austenbook pop up in a friend's Google reader feed - and I love this rendering of Pride and Prejudice in Facebook format. Apparently, there is a trend in the adaptation of classic tomes into news feed style posts - and this new form of textual engagement makes me smile. But...I could imagine naysayers making an argument about our sound bite culture's need to chew up and spit out literature as short snippets.

What do ya'll think? The future of the book?

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