The article by Nick Hornby, which appeared recently on the online site "The Believer," was both informative and amusing to me.
He makes the comment that "some very clever observers foresee profound change in the next five years." He's referring to publishing and e-books specifically.
I'm not a very clever observer, just a plain observer, but frankly, I don't see it. I might buy 10 years, but real changes seem to take more than five. The transition from the Walkman to the iPod and from vinyl recordings to CDs took longer than five years.
But he's right: change which is founded on technology is universal and inevitable. Look how fast the smart phone has entered our lives. You can't pause and sit down anywhere without seeing people reading their phones. And millions of people have bought these smart phones. And they get smarted every time a new one comes out, about every three months, it seems.
But obviously everyone doesn't agree, as his fictional conversation with "Nice Book Lover" shows. It reminds me of a conversation I had several years ago with my son, the banker. When I mentioned to him the coming growth of the e-book, he said, "but I would never give up the printed book! It feels so great in my hands."
Well, now he reads almost every book he's interested in on his Kindle. …