The Guardian offers the article “Short Shelflife for Booksellers” which paints a not-too-rosy picture for the future of the book:
The book will still be with us in 50 years time, but the high street bookseller may not be. That, at least, is the verdict of the top book industry professionals surveyed at the start of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, the key annual book trade event which opened today.
Almost a quarter of the 1,324 industry professionals who took part in the survey predicted that the high street bookseller would no longer exist in 2057, while only 11% thought that the printed book would be obsolete. However, nearly as many – 10.5% – also thought that the electronic reader would be superseded.
I don’t know that I see that happening. I still believe there’s value in holding a book, as opposed to reading from some device. Even though I can imagine that each new generation will come to rely more and more on eBooks, I still think physical books will be around.
[via Bibliophile Stalker]