Books are back!!! Saturday Evening Post article

Posted by Laurie Cantwell at


The following is an excerpt from Franklin Foer’s commentary, published in The Saturday Evening Post. “It was predicted that e-books would overtake the paper book, that they would become the totality of publishing. In 2010, the founder of MIT Media Lab, Nicholas Negroponte, was precise about the hour that paper would perish. ‘It’s happening in 5 years.’ Well, doomsday has come and gone. Paper books have held their ground, and e-book sales have failed to accumulate at their predicted pace. Actually, they have plummeted. In 2015, e-book revenue dropped by 11 percent, while brick-and-mortar bookstore revenue increased by nearly 2 percent. My turn way from the Kindle wasn’t an idiosyncrasy, but part of a widespread tendency. My hunch is that a good portion of the reading public wants an escape from the intense flow of the internet; they want silent reading, private contemplation – and there’s a nagging sense that paper, and only paper, can induce such a state.”

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