In Brief

The advent of the Kindle Fire and books being self-published and distributed on Amazon raises questions about the trajectory of both digital and conventional publishing.

This article titled “The many futures of books” was written by Robert McCrum, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 17th November 2011 12.58 UTC

My prediction about books in the early years of the 21st century: readers, writers, and bibliophiles in general will look back on the cross-fertilisation of the digital world with the global recession, and marvel at the strange fruit that flourished in the paradise of texts.

Consider the evidence of this past week. In Notting Hill, the Redstone Press, an independent devoted to exquisite design and quirky conceptual innovation, published Will Hobson’s The Household Box, a book-in-a-box manufactured in China. Just down the road, Unbound launched the first of its new hardbacks, Terry Jones’s Evil Machines, a sequence of 13 stories about the hidden perils of technology. And finally, Penguin announced it was about to launch a series of short books (novellas, stories, non-fiction) as ebooks for £1.99.

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