“Books are the last bastion of the old business modelâ€”the only major medium that still hasn’t embraced the digital age. Publishers and author advocates have generally refused to put books online for fear the content will be Napsterized. And you can understand their terror, because the publishing industry is in big financial trouble, rife with layoffs and restructurings. Literary pundits are fretting: Can books survive in this Facebooked, ADD, multichannel universe?”
Clive Thompson explores the future of reading, and of books, in a digital world, and remains optimistic.