The Future of the Book

On a lot of blogs and in popular culture lately people are looking to the past for their inspiration. We have Mad Men on TV or blogs dedicated to Penguin covers, hell, I’m just as guilty of doing this. So it’s really refreshing to see the folks at IDEO taking a look at the future of books, coming up with some exciting, though possibly confusing ideas. They’ve created three different book interfaces that would work with a tablet computer, Nelson, Coupland and Alice, each having their own strengths and unique primary task.

I think my favorite of the bunch is Alice, which takes reading books to the next level but allowing you to interact with the story, taking photos, visiting areas in your town to unlock special chapters and communicating with your mobile phone. My only real beef with these is that there doesn’t seem to be any sort of thought around navigation, which is essential to making a users experience a good one. I don’t want to poo poo this project in any way, I think it’s a great idea and I’d love to see more forward thinking like this.


2 Comments The Future of the Book

  1. Pingback: IDEO Introduces Nelson, Coupland and Alice: The Future of the Book |

  2. faz September 25, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Nelson! This is awesome. I believe that it’s really important to know how powerful art is, and how it “has” changed the world. Technology makes everything so accessible. It’s so easy to read, listen, experience, see art, and there is so much of it that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. This sounds like a great tool for the current generation. A generation that I feel has lost most value in art because they do not understand it’s history/impact.
    Love the coupland concept! I work in an office that’s extremely anti-social, but I feel like I probably work with some really smart, cool people.
    Alice looks like a good tool for thorough information absorption. Need it now!
    Here’s to evolution.

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *