Just travelled back from Melbourne and sat next to an extremely spry gentleman of 71 years who spent the entire trip reading on his Kindle.
He told me how much he loved this new way of reading. That it can hold 1500 books and he only recharges it infrequently, less than once a month.
As a frequent traveller he enjoys the convenience of his great collection of books in a compact package and at a reasonable price per book. And he’s found that it’s good to read both indoors and outdoors.
I felt quite old-fashioned with a thick book on my lap next to this new-fangled gadget.
As this elderly gentleman said:
“the book industry is in real trouble, it’s not like we’ll stop reading but this will kill the book industry as we know it”
Thus we see again a change in the nature of our media of production is revolutionising existing industries.
We have already seen the changes sweep the music industry. Shifting us from physical objects that we bought and took home to virtual objects that we store on our mobile phones.
Now we are about to see the same kind of revolution sweep through our books.
Even this elderly gentlemen can see this. It will be interesting to see what futile rearguard actions the book industry puts up in resistance to this tide of change.