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Subject: do you think paper books will be extinct one day?
Date Posted: 12/4/2012 11:30 AM ET
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I was just wondering if anyone thinks paper books will be extinct one day or only a few will be produced as collectable items?

Date Posted: 12/4/2012 1:14 PM ET
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No.  I frankly hate using eBook cookbooks.  But I can envision the demise of the Large Type format. 

Date Posted: 12/4/2012 2:17 PM ET
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Personally, I doubt paper books will go extinct unless we do.

I do see mass market paperbacks going away. I read some of the publishers thinking on this several years ago while hanging around publisher/writer web sites/forums. I do think those will disapear in a few years. More and more fiction is coming out tradesize only.

One of the reasons I went mostly ebook is because the publisher of the series I collect changed the size of the paperback to 1inch taller, horrible fonts and margins, and $1 more. Since nothing in the series was ever going to match again, I said to hell with it. I get only ebooks in that series now.

And while I've purged a lot of my TBR stuff and other books, I've still got and pick up other keepers.

Date Posted: 12/4/2012 6:03 PM ET
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Yep I do!  

Date Posted: 12/4/2012 6:31 PM ET
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I definitely believe hardbacks will.   Probably trade size.  I don't know about paperbacks though.

Date Posted: 12/4/2012 7:12 PM ET
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non fiction hardcover , never will go extinct

Date Posted: 12/4/2012 7:49 PM ET
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Thanks for everyone's input!!

Date Posted: 12/8/2012 8:27 PM ET
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No, I don't think so.  There are just way too many types of books that work better as hardcopy: recipe books, technical manuals, children's books, and school text books.

We may see a decrease for certain genres, like fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, etc.  But even then there are a lot of people who just don't have the money to make the initial investment for an ereader.

Date Posted: 12/8/2012 9:44 PM ET
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Many of the books with smaller markets are moving over to eBooks. Production is just so much less expensive if you are making a small run. So the small presses are moving there. Some types of horror, erotica, and queer fiction are moving fast over into eBooks only. A large number of Christian publishers are moving into eBooks. Some more technical textbooks. This is becoming a marketing and expense decision.
Date Posted: 12/8/2012 11:11 PM ET
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Extinct as in disappear? No. Rarely produced? Yes. We still have scrolls and papyrus but they aren't produced any longer.

Date Posted: 1/6/2013 11:04 PM ET
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But with print-on-demand technology (the type that's used by Create Space, for example) small print runs are as affordable as large ones.

I remember reading once (possibly here at PBS) that in England they have vending machines that will print out the book you select on demand.

Date Posted: 1/6/2013 11:05 PM ET
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No.  I frankly hate using eBook cookbooks.  But I can envision the demise of the Large Type format. 

 

My daughter gets recipes on her Iphone and runs through the supermarket buying the ingredients she needs.  I will only read off the IPhone if I'm totally and completely desperate.

Date Posted: 1/7/2013 12:15 AM ET
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My local bookstore has a print on demand machine. The Expresso. Of course, we are in a College town. Many University Press publishers have books available for POD. You order the book and come back in an hour or so.