Very interesting article about The Future of the Book. The long and short of it is that no one can really agree about what will happen to the book, whether it will completely migrate into the simulacrum (i.e. iPad / Kindle / Nook), or whether it will morph into some hybridized new product. The Literary Man believes books will become more and more elaborate in their design, ala McSweeney’s.
Here’s the most interesting part of the article:
As for my colleague Misha, he chose the option “Book design will not change,” explaining that “the ideal appearance of a printed book as a beautiful and functional object has remained the same for over five hundred years. How short we are going to fall of this ideal in the next decade will only depend on our efforts.” He also pointed out the most encouraging result of the poll: not a single person predicted that book design will die.