“Frank Schembari loves books — printed books. He loves how they smell. He loves scribbling in the margins, underlining interesting sentences, folding a page corner to mark his place. Schembari is not a retiree who sips tea at Politics and Prose or some other bookstore. He is 20, a junior at American University, and paging through a thick history of Israel between classes, he is evidence of a peculiar irony of the Internet age: Digital natives prefer reading in print.” (via The Washington Post)
“Amazon only introduced the Kindle in 2007, but sometimes the literary world can already feel as if it exists entirely without the burden of print. New documentary, “Out of Print,” from one-time librarian and director Vivienne Roumani, tackles the questions that threaten traditional books following the digital revolution.Debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival last April although I caught it Tuesday at the Seattle International Film Festival, “Out of Print” clocks in at a brief 55 minutes in length, making it perfectly suited for television. That being said, it is certainly less appealing for an audience who’s paid any sort of attention to the news. While Roumani’s facts one in three American adults owns an ereader, and the like are certainly shocking, they’re not exactly revolutionary — most people are well aware that print is endangered, bookstores aren’t doing well and that teenagers love the Internet.” (via New York Daily News)
“Lovers of ink and paper, take heart. Reports of the death of the printed book may be exaggerated. A 2012 survey revealed that just 16% of Americans have actually purchased an e-book.
Ever since Amazon introduced its popular Kindle e-reader five years ago, pundits have assumed that the future of book publishing is digital. Opinions about the speed of the shift from page to screen have varied. But the consensus has been that digitization, having had its way with music and photographs and maps, would in due course have its way with books as well. By 2015, one media maven predicted a few years back, traditional books would be gone.”
A new report, from ARL
“As obvious as this may sound at first, the 28th annual Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest, which concluded Sunday afternoon and drew an estimated 130,000 attendees and 200 authors to the South Loop on a sweltering, cloudless weekend, was not the kind of thing you could call up on a Kindle. It’s a telling paradox about book fairs: Even as the publishing industry marches toward a digital future, festivals like Printers Row, Washington’s National Book Festival (Sept. 22-23) and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (every April) continue to be large, bustling reminders of how much of the publishing world is still tangible — defiantly so.
via Chicago Tribune