Books aren't going to go away any time soon. But, like magazines have started to, they're going to evolve. And if that evolution looks anything like these concepts, we're in for a pleasant literary future.

These three explorations, from design firm IDEO, each represents a different direction book technology could go. But what they have in common—connectivity, social savvy, interactive features—weave in the tech trends of our times in a way that enhances the read experience without distracting from it.

Is this exactly how we'll be reading ten years from now? Not likely. But someone's going to take the best parts of Nelson, Coupland, and Alice, and make it available to us at some point. There's too much good here to let go to waste. [Brain Pickings]