Saturday, June 27, 2009

New technologies could bring an end to books -- or save them

Vancouver Sun: 2009 June 27

"If a book could talk, it might well repeat the old Mark Twain line 'The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.'

Certainly, there have been many such reports -- obituaries, really -- about books. And this is not a recent phenomenon: In 1894, Scribner's Magazine published an article titled The End of Books, in which a man named Arthur Blackcross predicted that books would be replaced by new technologies."