Do Books Have a Future?

Do Books Have a Future?

Amber Byfield
Jan 29, 2010

As someone who works in the print publishing industry, I certainly hope the answer to this question is a resounding yes. But with all the hype around Apple's new release, and the other e-readers on the market, I have to ask: do you think books, and printed media of any sort, have a future? It seems that e-readers are the greener option. So: tell us what you really think.

Over at Utne Reader, the thinking is that folks will buy "disposable" or quick reads (pre-flight books, for instance) on e-readers, but will purchase keepsake reads as tangible books that can be passed along to children and grandchildren.

We have mixed emotions about it all: we love the idea of using less paper, but also enjoy having pages to flip through in our hands. And everyone we talk to seems to come into the same predicament. Where do you fall?

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