Thursday is publishing day. I had a great conversation with a friend this morning about e-books. We’re all getting into them now. And it’s not innovative, but is taking the turn to the natural thing to do.
If you had told me a year or two ago that I’d be reading books on my phone, I would have found it hard to believe. Now, I don’t find it odd at all. The phone has taken its place in line with e-readers, tape recorders, computers, etc., as a vehicle to transport the contents of books to us. And we’re taking it in stride.
I’m wondering what our literary world will be like in just five to 10 years. Rather than owning books, will we merely access them? Already it’s not odd to us to have the books we’ve authored in e-reader format. It’s no longer innovative but is becoming a natural part of the publishing process. How long will it be before we forego printed copies altogether?
Oh, we may say we love the feel and the smell of books, but the day is coming when we’ll read them on screens only and we’ll enjoy it.