On The Death Of Print

There’s a great interview in Forbes with Tim O’Reilly the creator of a publishing empire. I figured I’d share with you his important insight on printed books:

we’re seeing a transformation of the marketplace. The biggest challenge is not the death of print; it’s the question of how books will change. Take the map: The print map has largely gone away, and online mapping has become the norm. In the process, what we expect from maps has changed: They include directions, nearest gas stations, nearby merchants. The book’s format will change, sure, but so will the very form.

Food for thought. What will the book of the future look like?

About Mustapha Hamoui

I'm a Lebanese designer, businessman, geek, and blogger at beirutspring.com ..

3 comments

  1. htj

    Great initiative. A lot of thought and hard work been already put into this. Best of luck to all of you.

    regarding e-books. Does anyone know if there are kindle edition French books? amazon.fr does not show any at this time, but did anybody hear anything about French books becoming available in kindle e-formats at some point in the near future?

  2. Hey, thanks for your comment htj,

    To tell you the truth, the French are a bit behind with attitudes to publishing and books. They seem to be culturally opposed to the advent of the internet and its effects on books.

    I checked Amazon.fr ‘s kindle page and all I could see what that they are advertising the kindle for the “livres en Anglais” (they made sure they mentioned that). With no mention at all of a future release for French books.

    I’m afraid you’ll have to wait for a while..

  3. htj

    Thank you for the quick reply, Mustapha.

    I will contact Amazon, and see what they say. I’ll post their reply here when I get it, just in case other people are interested.

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