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What Will Happen To Print Books ?


Hold it in your hand

Feel it and smell it

Turn its pages

Dog its pages, if you dare.

I, personally, feel print books will stay with us forever.

One good sign of this is an article in The Guardian by Robert McCrum called Traditional books, dressed to kill…

It’s about publishers making hardbacks with covers that harken back to an age of marked respect for the printed book.

The standard, mass-market paperback may disappear but trade paperbacks could survive.

And, I certainly hope independent book artists survive—people like Mia Leijonstedt.

I met her on Google Plus and instantly fell in love with what she does with books.

This image is from her personal site:

Her comment on the next image is interesting:

“A dear friend and a truly wonderful human being inspired me with her request for a little book as a pendant… This one is covered in reindeer leather and incorporates a Sichuan Quartz (“Tibetan Herkimer”) with a type of jasper called African Turquoise.”

What do you think will happen to print books as ebooks continue to take the world by storm??
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6 responses to “What Will Happen To Print Books ?

  1. Selena January 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I think the pictures you have enclosed are a very good reason why print books will remain. There are too many beautiful reasons to keep them. I have so many shelves and shelves (and shelves!) of books that are like pieces of art. I can’t imagine a world without books.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Good to see your comment here, Selena.

      Hoping you and your books are faring well :-)

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      • Selena January 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm

        Very well, thank you– and thanks for asking!

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  2. grahamwhittaker January 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    There is one very important reason Alexander why print books will survive in Australia. That is our internet censorship laws which are the most idiotic in the western world and based on the film and video classification system. I stand to be guilty of very serious charges of a character in one of my books describes a terrorist act, say, making a bomb for the sake of fiction. Or perhaps I write a book with any material that is subject to the ‘refused classification” rules of the Australian internet. I can perfectly legally publish a PRINT book. But if I post that book as an ebook I can be jailed. Incredibly sad, but true.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai January 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Fascinating, Graham, and very sad :-(

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