The Kindle, the Nook, the iPad...the Book?

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The Internet and e-books are taking over the reading market, for better or worse: 10 percent this year, 20 percent next year, possibly a majority by 2015. Barnes & Noble is up for sale, and Borders is on the edge of collapse, although independent bookstores might be able to capitalize. Screens require different brain functions than pages, so what will this mean for what we read, how we read and how coming generations learn to think? Will e-books be linked to video, music, games, advertising? Will printed books become luxury items while paperbacks disappear?



  • Julie Bosman - Reporter, New York Times
  • Andy Hunter - Editor, Electric Literature
  • Maryanne Wolf - author of “Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World;” Director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at UCLA
  • Peter Ginna - Publisher and Editorial Director, Bloomsbury Press


Warren Olney