And now, even Billy’s changing

In my house, we have fourteen Billy bookshelves. Some are waist high, some go floor to ceiling. But they all contain books – mostly double shelved. Now the Economist (in a wide-ranging review of the impact of digital technologies on the book trade) tells is this little gem:

TO SEE how profoundly the book business is changing, watch the shelves. Next month IKEA will introduce a new, deeper version of its ubiquitous “BILLY” bookcase. The flat-pack furniture giant is already promoting glass doors for its bookshelves. The firm reckons customers will increasingly use them for ornaments, tchotchkes and the odd coffee-table tome—anything, that is, except books that are actually read.

 

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