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Books in 2025: The Future of the Book World

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Some questions:

  • How will ebooks change reading? Has it changed your reading?
  • How fast will ebooks rise, and how high will they go? Is the paper book dead?
  • Where is social reading going? What's core and what's fad?
  • Will sites like LibraryThing continue to exist, or will ereaders leverage their advantages to make book discussion a platform-dependent activity?
  • Will libraries contract or prosper in an ebook world? What can they do to make sure things turn out right?
  • How will ebooks change the world for publishers?
  • Will writers see increased opportunities--or be decimated by piracy? How will ebooks change literature?
  • Are physical bookstores doomed?
  • What about the rest of the book world--small and informal libraries, agents, rare books, small presses, book reviewers, etc.?
  • Amazon, B&N, Apple... How many will win, and how will they evolve?


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Article: New Yorker long-form on Amazon and Publishing 1elenchus, February 12ignore
What will be lost with the closing of bookstores, and can LT replace it? 37anglemark, January 21ignore
Crowd-sourced editing? 2anglemark, January 6ignore
Stross on how readers will discover books in future 4timspalding, October 2013ignore
oyster (book streaming service) 10grintoul, September 2013ignore
Can Barnes and Noble be saved? 23grintoul, September 2013ignore
Amazon's Kindle Matchbook 3bestem, September 2013ignore
Segments Pressured By Ebooks 15brightcopy, August 2013ignore
ARTICLE: e-book design changes the way we read 2Senserial, July 2013ignore
Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books 63MDGentleReader, June 2013ignore
Digital Public Library of America 5lkernagh, April 2013ignore
What is the value of a book? 2skoobdo, March 2013ignore
BookTV: Panel on Publishing 1barney67, January 2013ignore
University of Missouri Press closes 4Proclus, August 2012ignore
Open Stacks Mk II 1elenchus, July 2012ignore
The Viral Future 5lkernagh, June 2012ignore
Amazon's e-book rental thrust 692wonderY, May 2012ignore
Maruice Sendak's opinion of e-books 2jbd1, May 2012ignore
Harry Potter and the DRM Free Books (Now with DRM!) 1brightcopy, March 2012ignore
Apple is your co-author 12brightcopy, January 2012ignore
FREE Kindle eBook 12jbd1, January 2012ignore
And So It Begins- Free Devices 6majkia, January 2012ignore
Charlie's Diary Blog: Cutting their own throats 3staffordcastle, December 2011ignore
Libraries finally balk at e-book-- oh wait, it's the publisher. Never mind. 7fdholt, November 2011ignore
Kindle- Time Machine 1VisibleGhost, November 2011ignore
Publisher consolidations? 6VisibleGhost, November 2011ignore
The emperor's new books 3brightcopy, November 2011ignore
6 Reasons We're In Another 'Book-Burning' Period in History 2elenchus, October 2011ignore
Amazon, B&N, Neil Gaiman snit 5southernbooklady, October 2011ignore
Enhanced eBooks & BookApps (in Science) - livestream 9/20 1xkyzero, September 2011ignore
ebook gift-giving 3brightcopy, August 2011ignore
A Folio Society for ebooks? 21vy0123, August 2011ignore
Should bookstores charge for events? 3jjmcgaffey, June 2011ignore
Google responds to Apple's 30% subscriptions with Google One Pass 5timspalding, June 2011ignore
The Future of the Book World... 12anglemark, June 2011ignore
Amazon jumps into publishing "with both feet" 2_Zoe_, May 2011ignore
Confessions of a book leech 49bnielsen, April 2011ignore
Tomes' time might be up at Newport Beach library 9brightcopy, April 2011ignore
Is the group image appropriate? Does symbolism matter? 26tcgardner, March 2011ignore
Scalzi's Bingo 1Musereader, March 2011ignore
Library-Friendly Designation 62wonderY, March 2011ignore
Anybody else sick of memoirs? 2krolik, March 2011ignore
The downward spiral of ownership and value 87SimonW11, March 2011ignore
Runner-up for group image? 2staffordcastle, March 2011ignore
Anomaly or case study of the future? 2_Zoe_, March 2011ignore
not looking good for libraries 7SimonW11, February 2011ignore
O'Reilly Radar Blog on Future Book Tools 3TineOliver, February 2011ignore
What happens to former owners? 2SqueakyChu, February 2011ignore
Apple rejects Sony Reader (more to the story) 29felius, February 2011ignore
eBooks and Piracy: A thought experiment 142brightcopy, February 2011ignore
anyone following the Ebook royalts article on the authors guild site? 3SimonW11, February 2011ignore
Social Reading 1jenconnected, February 2011ignore
ebook sales overtaking paperback 1SimonW11, January 2011ignore
Software which adds value to books 82wonderY, January 2011ignore
Will LibraryThing continue to exist? 212wonderY, January 2011ignore
Ebook buying Habits 3majkia, December 2010ignore
Does it matter if physical bookstores disappear? 135DevourerOfBooks, December 2010ignore
Reply to ChrisKubica on ebooks and entrepreneurialism 25southernbooklady, December 2010ignore
ereaders: is there such a thing as too much data? 6anglemark, December 2010ignore
Problems with Digital Archiving 1barney67, December 2010ignore
What's so great about indies? 12SusieBookworm, December 2010ignore
"Author Slams eBook Piracy, Son Outs Her As a Music Pirate" 4majkia, December 2010ignore
Google eBookstore, also Goodreads Integration 7elbakerone, December 2010ignore
Welcome to this group / Books in 2025? 113jburlinson, December 2010ignore
Books in 2125 11thorold, November 2010ignore

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