Define a book.
- Is it that paper thingy we hold in our hand full of printed words, which does not need any batteries.
- Or is it a sum of an author's output compiled into a structure for an audience.
Think carefully, because the ground beneath the literary world is undergoing a major shift.
Outside the Media/Publishing/Librarian world, not many realize the battles being fought in for the future of the book. Who will be the major publishers of the future? What is the best format for books to be published - digital text or printed or audio? Who controls the experience when books are sold/retailed or sampled-before-selling? Who catalogs these books? Who reviews and rates these books? Finally, who reads them?
Also, one could also wonder how the Nobel Prize for Literature is defined 20 years from now.
Though large publishers (like Random House, Penguin, McGrawHill, Wiley, O'Reilly)
There are only two sets of people who