The Transfiguration of an Unchanged Text

Last Balcony: Essex Serpents and Pier’s Echo

I wrote this on FacEBOOK today:
“I have been thinking more about whether reading a text in an ebook and the same text in a real book makes any difference. Time and time again I have found such a potential difference when real-time reviewing books since 2008, indeed many examples of this, the first I stumbled on today below being my review in 2011 of ‘The White Hands’ by Mark Samuels:

And I then sought out some more of my own references on this subject (mainly real-time reviews). If you ‘find’ the word “ebook” in the texts indicated by the links shown below in this post’s first ‘comment’, you can also read all these references.

I am convinced that fiction real-book texts have a ‘spiritual hinterland’ or ‘shelf-life osmosis’ or ‘haunting Proustian memorability via stain or pencil mark or turned down corner etc’ which ebooks (bless their souls)…

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