Cover of Brave New WorldBy Anthony S. Policastro
I recently came across a very interesting article by Clive Thompson in Wired Magazine about the future of reading.
Here are some of the points that struck me as highly significant:
- People should start thinking about the future of reading rather than being always preoccupied with the future of publishing.
- Every other media that has gone digital has been transformed by its audience with the ability to comment on the content.
- Books need to be set free digitally to improve book discovery. It may also spawn a class of "professional readers" whose commentary is so informative that you would pay to download their take on a particular book.
- Programmers are already working on XML-like markup languages that would link every chapter or significant passage of a book to a unique URL address. Then you can easily examine the contents of a book with a few clicks.
- A few authors have given away digital copies of their books and found they end up selling more print copies. (I'm one of the those - both of my novels are free as digital downloads.)