The Beginning of the End

Newspapers and magazines have closed down.  Sales of Kindles have eclipsed sales of paperbacks.  Printers have gone out of business.

But I think the watershed moment came yesterday, as the owners of the Encyclopedia Britannica announced that they would not publish any further print editions due to the majority of their revenue coming from online sources.

It’s now conceivable to me that we could see the end of books before the end of my lifetime.  Will print-on-demand pick up the slack, or will books become a tiny and obsolete niche the way vacuum tubes are for music?

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