Take an academic guess…

Since this is February and we’ve already heard from “the prognosticators of prognosticators” (that famous groundhog from Puxa-can’t remember-how-you-spells-it-tawny Phil), I thought it’d be a good time to ask the following question:

Can you predict what will happen to the printed book and book stores during the next year?

What’s the rationale for this post? I just received a message from Borders CEO stating they were reorganizing through the Chapter 11 process (not protection). I wasn’t THAT surprised to read the email, but it made me wonder what would happen to book stores in our lifetime. (Think Kindle and all those digital devices out there now, and our publishers slowly moving to electronic textbooks.)

Instead of long-term prognosticating, I went the way of short-term guessin’ like those “inquiring minds” like to do in late December. Couple that with PhiloDave’s magical post from last Saturday and thus this Lounge-iversary post.

Go on, take a guess and check back from time to time.

3 thoughts on “Take an academic guess…

  1. Please don’t put these irrational ideas in the universe. The book is not dead, at least not while I’m still on the planet. The printed word is most useful and actually beautiful to behold. Just because Borders doesn’t know how to run their thing doesn’t mean the book is dead. Hey, but what do I know, I’m just a librarian.

  2. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBwQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DD3v_ogRaTf4&rct=j&q=ghostbusters%2C%20print%20is%20dead&ei=H6FeTbiyD8L6lwfxwvGaDA&usg=AFQjCNFxoZo-Nxa9mb27jlJxLMVLnbJMbQ&sig2=lr2nOAkbAJ4Y6ytZFA87JA&cad=rja

    In all seriousness, I wonder how many people prefer reading on a computer screen. I know that though I find many articles on the good old interweb, I usually print them out. I think books are safe for a while. The issue with Borders is that many of the books they have can be obtained for free (at a library) or much cheaper on half.com or amazon.

  3. There is something about “printed paper” that makes a connection with the brain and seems somehow to sink into long term memory. The kinesthetic act of turning a page along with the visual somehow impacts the neuron in a way that the nanosecond touch does not.
    It seems to me that technology works well when you skim information.
    The excitement of what one can look forward to on the next page or the ability to voluntarily savor the current page with all of the beautiful punctuations and ability to read between the lines leisurely and critically has diminished the affective process of the learning progression.
    Sorry techies, kindle/nook/ebook users old habits die hard.

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