Monday, August 30, 2010
The Printed Book is About to Vanish
Simon Winchester, author of The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, told the Telegraph that "Until six months ago I was clinging to the idea that printed books would likely last for ever. Since the arrival of the iPad I am now wholly convinced otherwise. The printed book is about to vanish at extraordinary speed. I have two complete OEDs, but never consult them--I use the online OED five or six times daily. The same with many of my reference books--and soon with most. Books are about to vanish; reading is about to expand as a pastime; these are inescapable realities."