Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bob Stein and The Future of (Social) Reading

LA Times: "Stein, 64, has a history tied to media innovation. In the early 1980s he worked in Los Angeles on an effort to create a digital encyclopedia for home-computer maker Atari. He then launched Criterion Collection, a video distributor that pioneered the use of interactive features, initially on laserdisc, a predecessor to the DVD. A company he started with some friends and his former wife published multimedia CD-ROMs, such as one on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, using techniques that since have become commonplace on the Web. ... " Stein's big thing is social reading - a concept I think to be over-rated. In any event, social reading is not for me. I like solitary reading.