Will Print Be Extinct ? Again?
It's fast approaching a decade since online e-books began to catch the attention of segments of the reading public, and while e-book sales are reported as seeing double-digit annual growth, they still represent a small percentage of the book market.
This is one of the reasons some remain steadfast in their beliefs that printed books will not suffer from an impending e-book era. But others who used to believe that are starting to wonder. As Darnton wrote: "Why then do we continue to hear prophecies about the death of the book? Not because McLuhan was right but because movable type can't move fast enough to keep up with events."