Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ray Bradbury’s e-books were the price of new contracts | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

Ray Bradbury’s e-books were the price of new contracts | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics: Mike Masnick at Techdirt has more details and commentary on why Ray Bradbury’s novels are are becoming available as e-books. Bradbury is noted for his dislike of new technologies, such as video games and the Internet, and indeed has said that Fahrenheit 451 is not actually about censorship but about new technologies such as television that distract people from reading books.

But at this point, Bradbury didn’t have much choice—his contracts were coming due
I can understand the disdain for TV but not the internet or ebooks. I found the end of Fahrenheit 451 somewhat dehumanizing in itself. People memorizing a book were essentially becoming the object itself.