What the public wants (certainly the literate public) is not the book jacket, or the typeface, or the quality of the paper, or the "feel" of a book -- what the public wants is the blood and guts of the author, the contact of the reader's mind with the author's mind -- and the most efficient vehicle for that contact is now the electronic book, the E-book.
Methinks that's so. But what I found most disturbing in this piece was this: "Most copy editors don't read books, they use software to locate possible grammar and punctuation problems." I was for several years a copy editor of books. I cannot imagine not reading every word of a manuscript.