Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Not so fast …

… from Ursula K. Le Guin: BOOK VIEW CAFE BLOG — The Death of the Book. (Hat tip, Lee Lowe.)

There certainly is something sick about the book industry, but it seems closely related to the sickness affecting every industry that, under pressure from a corporate owner, dumps product standards and long-range planning in favor of ‘predictable’ sales and short-term profits.
As for books themselves, the changes in book technology are cataclysmic. Yet it seems to me that rather than dying, “the book” is growing — taking on a second form and shape, the ebook.

Correct on both counts.

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