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Guest Post: Peter Rowley on the Next Decade in Book Culture

By Peter Rowley

As we wind down the “aughts” decade, with digital books galore on the horizon (and the $195 Norton facsimile edition of C.J. Jung's objet d'art/culture The Red Book selling out around the country), the NBCC seeks the best guest posts about the future of book culture, including essays,interviews and free-range opining. The topic: How do you see book culture evolving over the next decade? Peter Rowley sends this thought.


Kindle will be increasingly important, but hard and soft cover books should survive. The same really applies to newspapers and magazines, though for reasons of size periodicals and newspapers may be in more demand than hard/soft cover books. Essays, interviews and free-range opining will continue in whatever format, including of course television and internet blogs.