But can I prove it's a book without its book plate?
Death of the Bookplate?By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER
Forget the death of the book. It turns out we have an even bigger problem: the death of the bookplate.
Alex Beam, writing in the Yale alumni magazine, flips through some gorgeous samples from the university’s collection and ponders a future without beautiful printed books to mark with your personalized stamp of possession and desire:
The physical book does not exist, and has no value. The digital book has no front or back covers; there is no place to assert ownership, and there is nothing to own. The “digital delivery module” is a piece of molded plastic made in China, encasing a few memory chips. That is not the book, that’s the “reader.” Wait, I thought I was the reader. Oh, never mind.
For a slideshow of bookplates from the Yale collection, click here.