Book Trailer Thursday: It's a Book

Sound the alarms: The e-books are coming! The e-books are coming!

In his Booklist review, Andrew Medlar writes that Lane Smith’s It’s a Book “throws down the gauntlet in the ongoing debate over digital versus print.” Andrew’s correct, but it’s an awfully gentle gauntlet–in his cute ode to two friends and a single, curious, power cord-less reading object, Lane is careful not to say that a book is any better than a computer. It’s just simpler.

The trailer (featuring some wonderfully deadpan voice-over work) is more or less a condensed version of the book, and so while it doesn’t mightily expand the premise, it’s a surefooted extension of it into the digital realm, which, given the topic of the book, seems entirely appropriate.

Verdict: Point, Lane. Though let’s be honest: fifteen years from now, e-books will be called “books” and old-fashioned paper books will be called something else altogether. Folios? Monographs? Offliners? Ye Olde Bookes?



About the Author:

Dan Kraus is Booklist's Editor of Books for Youth. He is also the producer and director of numerous feature films, most notably the documentary Work Series, and the author of several YA novels, including Rotters and Scowler, both of which won the Odyssey Award. Follow him on Twitter at @DanielDKraus.

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