Catching up with those illuminated manuscripts—I mean, ebooks

Check out this fascinating look at the evolution of publishing by O’Reilly’s VP of digital initiatives. Are ebooks the new quad type?

And this Week in Review in the NY Times on the history of the relationship between reading and socializing. Didn’t they read Dickens out loud around the fire? And is that the same thing as joining a chat group to hash over the subtleties of megapopular fiction?