The old Chinese curse continues as the broader mediascape faces times of uncertainty. We all know the problems facing newspapers and broadcast media and a short note from Max Uechtritz on The Content Makers blog sums it up:
Who knows how it will all end. But certainly everyone has to sytop [sic] thinking in yterms [sic] of TV, online , radio or proint [sic]. It’s all just programming that follows you around.
Books are no different. They will become part of that ‘programming’ that follows us around – albeit probably on smaller screens than other media formats. The challenge is to ensure that the essence of books (like for example, the things that only long-form narrative texts can do) remain as we sweep away the old.