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Saturday, March 05, 2005

A Threat to the Industry?

Does the electronic age pose a threat to the book industry? Can the most sophisticated ebook viewer replace the worn-in recliner as a means of inducing hours of quality reading? In the humble opinion of this blogger, the industry faces less of a threat than a challenge. Recently, in England, Caroline Michel (Harpers) discussed this very problem. According to Michel, a "mix of wild optimism and gloomy dispair" encompass the industry now. Michel's speech, reprinted in full, eloquently speaks to the "threat" from a vaunted position in the industry. A worthwhile read.