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Book Reviewer: Reading Is Not Dead.

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I’ve already mulled over the future of books. But what about book reviews? Some newspapers have cut book reviews from their print editions.  The LA Times now maintains a web-only book review presence.   Book editor David Ulin, the man in charge of the LA Times book website (Jacket Copy), takes an optimistic and open approach to the future of the book review. Jacket Copy has a large following, proving that the demand for a more interactive book culture exists.

In this article from Publisher’s Weekly, Ulin addresses an interesting point. Are we being too conservative about the future of books?

“One of the things that worries me about the book culture is the notion that all change is bad. This is much more conservative than I would have thought,” he says. Certain comments about the recent collapse of the Washington Post‘s Book World don’t sit well with him. “People are saying, ‘reading is dead!’ I finally ordered a Kindle and have to wait eight weeks for it, which indicates that reports of reading’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Will I lament the loss of Book World? Of course I will—but let’s think about what is viable now.”

Admittedly, I’m not exactly heralding the future of books. But I’m scared and unhappy with the direction that things have been going in (eh-hem KINDLE).

While I’m dubious at times, people who are hopeful and confident about the future of printed publications provide some comfort.  Certainly, we need some optimists among us skeptics! 


Written by beckyquintal

March 14, 2009 at 12:39 am

Posted in Books

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