The essence of the book

What is the printed book’s “most important feature”? Jeff Bezos, explaining Kindle, has an answer:

At the beginning of our design process, we identified what we believe is the book’s most important feature. It disappears. When you read a book, you don’t notice the paper and the ink and the glue and the stitching. All of that dissolves, and what remains is the author’s world.

Read his letter to stockholders here.

PS. What I really want to know is, Can Amazon keep the Kindle’s delivery-under-60-seconds promise even in muggy Manila?

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