First of all, my apologies for being a day late with my rundown of a rare (these days) non-coma-inducing The Hills episode that not only featured a she-Spencer (!) but also included Justin Bobby…. uh… well, they said he kissed someone who wasn’t Audrina. It mostly looked like someone stepped in front of the camera. And Audrina was SO MAD that she HUGGED HIM and WAS TOTALLY NICE TO HIM and GAVE HIM A RIDE HOME and THIS TIME IT’S KINDA SORTA POSSIBLY MAYBE OVER. (Clearly you don’t mess with Audrina.)
Justin Bobby was forced to employ his ultimate secret weapon: saying nonsensical catch phrases with his head cocked to one side. I know I’m powerless in the face of phrases like “What do you think I did?” and “You’re on hallucinogenics” and “Your friends don’t fathom me.”
The Hills is back, ladies and gentlemen.
Anyway, lots of people have opinions about the Kindle and with apologies to the people who like to smell their books and turn the pages, I am of the opinion that at some point in the near or distant future the e-books will take over and while sure, some people will always read books on paper (in the way that some people still use typewriters), and illustrated books and heavy-photography books will probably still exist, I feel like the convenience, affordability, readability, environmental friendliness, and eventual ease of e-books will outweigh the residual nostalgia for reading printed books. In my opinion, someday e-books will comprise the majority of book sales.
In this e-book world of the tomorrow:
- Bookstores could be largely a thing of the past (much like video rental stores) — people would browse online and download directly to their cell phone/reader/organizer/thingamajig and find out about books through word of mouth, TV, and the Internet.
- People would have instant access to just about every single book ever published, anywhere, anytime (Google Book Search is helping make this happen). This part is seriously incredible to me
- Thousands of trees would thank you
- Big publishers would lose one of their major advantages in the marketplace (namely distribution) and would have to adapt to stay relevant
- There will always be literary agents to help authors navigate this increasingly complex landscape and to make sure they are fairly compensated for their content
- Authors will be better able to control their own sales destiny, and if they can ride the wave of word of mouth, unknowns could capitalize in a big way because they’re not dependent upon traditional distribution
This doesn’t scare me! Honestly I think it’s amazing and incredible and a major leap forward in human history. Literally the biggest thing in publishing since the printing press. And I’m not the only one who thinks this: just read Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt’s post entitled “Why Traditional Books Will Eventually Die.”
My question to you is: When will this happen? When will e-books take over? Or will they? Is it coming 5 years from now? 10? 50? Never?
You tell me!
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