According to Harold Innis, a medium of communication has an important influence on the dissemination of knowledge over space and over time. He divided media into time-binding and space binding type. Time binding media are durable and heavy. The include clay or stone tablets where space-binding media are light and consist of modern media such as radio, television and mass circulation newspapers.
Innis suggested this division in 1940s. If he would have made this distinction in this century, he certainly would have included e-books to the space binding media, considering the nature of them. Let’s look at the definition taken from Wikipedia ‘Electronic Book is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices. Sometimes the equivalent of a conventional printed book, e-books can also be born digital. E-books are usually read on dedicated hardware devices known as e-Readers or e-book devices. Personal computers and some mobile phones can also be used to read e-books.
Comparing to e-books and conventional ones, we can say that, conventional ones look like tablets, clays in ancient times and electronic ones are light and modern, suits to space binding media. Right, you can reach any e-book via internet without considering time, place. You can read it, save it, store it and carry it with you in your small gadget. However, you can not touch it, smell it, and hold it as we do in our ‘normal’ books in the library. You can not save them for your grand children as well. Of course this is my view, but there are discussions around it. As an example; The New York Times asked the following question in their opinion page ‘Does the brain like E-Books’. Is there a difference in the way the brain takes in or absorbs information when it is presented electronically versus on paper? Does the reading experience change, from retention to comprehension, depending on the medium?
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