The Future of the Book

A Salon series examines how the digital revolution is changing what and how we read.

Topics: Books,

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Table Talk

All hail the abbreviated King
What will Web publishing mean to the short(er) fiction market?

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TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2000

The revolution that wasn’t
Stephen King’s e-book success proves that the new boss will be the same as the old.
By Steven M. Zeitchik

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2000

Brave new e-books
We’ve seen the future of publishing, and the wrong people are freaking out.
By Craig Offman

THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2000



Cassandra complex
Sven Birkerts says computers are destroying literature. He couldn’t be more wrong.
By Brigitte Frase

FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2000

The digital reader
In which I borrow an e-book and give up print for two weeks.
By Laura Miller

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    Uncommon Apples

    Api Étoile

    Like little stars.

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    Calville Blanc

    World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.

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    Chenango Strawberry

    So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).

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    Chestnut Crab

    My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.

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    Uncommon Apples

    D'Arcy Spice

    High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.

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    Esopus Spitzenberg

    Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.

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    Granite Beauty

    New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.

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    Hewes Crab

    Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.

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    Uncommon Apples

    Hidden Rose

    Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.

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    Knobbed Russet

    Freak city.

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    Uncommon Apples

    Newtown Pippin

    Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.

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    Pitmaston Pineapple

    Really does taste like pineapple.

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