Received Goods: MIRO Notebooks

Sent to me for review by MIRO themselves, because, I suspect, it’s well known that I go through a lot of notebooks.  Their new line comes in two flavours – Wood, on the far left and right, and Felt, in the middle.  The wood covers, while thin and flexible, feel fairly robust, though I confess I don’t want to test them to destruction, as they are quite beautiful.

These arrived today, and just in time.  There are some projects that I prefer to work out in a larger notebook, and a couple of those projects just surfaced.  So at least one of these books (or, at least, one of the two I have left after my daughter steals two) will be immediately pressed into service.  And, therefore, I’ll be writing at a later date about how well they hold up.

You can find them at remembermiro.com or @remembermiro.

Social Book Reading

In an otherwise interesting and incisive piece by James Bridle, I find this:

Added to the velocity of the new text is its sociability, its connectivity. Social reading, whether of the Kindle highlights, Kobo Dashboard, Instapaper, Findings or Readmill flavour, adds depth to the text without diminishing it. When I write about the reading experience, I’m talking about a deep engagement with text, an active, intelligent, two-way conversation between reader and writer

James, have you never read a comments thread in your life?  I’m sure you didn’t mean this to sound like the entitlement of the fan reader to tell the author exactly what the reader thinks of them, and to have the author respond on bended knee.  But do you really think that a writer is going to open the commenting function on an ebook and find something other than LOLWUT U CUNT?

This sounds like you believe your money buys you an exchange with the author.  I’m sure you didn’t mean it to sound like that.

(Some things are going to remain one-way broadcasts for a little while yet.  Books are one of them.  The alternative is crowdsourced literature, echo-chamber writing and the transcription of a focus group session.  And if you want that?  Television already exists.)