Saturday, October 2, 2010

Is This the Final Chapter for Paper Books?

"Is This the Final Chapter for Paper Books?" Sydney Morning Herald / John Elder.
Sydney: Sydney Morning Herald Online, September 26th 2010.

"Brett Osmond, head of digital publishing for Random House, says the one thing he's sure about is ''people have been making predictions every day, and I don't want to be one of them. It's too early to make firm predictions, but I don't think anything's dying.'' ...
''We don't have a lot of information yet, but it looks like older readers are buying them. The revolution is in play … but predictions of the traditional book being dead are premature.
''They will continue to have a viable place in the market … because it's human nature to be attracted to objects and to have momentoes of the things that we love.''
Osmond is also optimistic about the future of bookshops. ''One thing you get from a little bookstore, where the people working there have read a good number of books, is a curating service. They are able to give the sort of informed advice to customers that isn't available in the digital world.''