Given Amazon’s recent release of the Kindle ebook reader, the timing of Jeff Gomez’s Print Is Dead couldn’t be better. Regardless of your beliefs about print vs. e-content, you need to read this book, especially if you’re in the publishing business. You might not agree with Jeff’s opinions but I guarantee you he’ll make you think about the industry in ways that you’ve never thought about it before. Even if you’re just a fan of reading in general you owe it to yourself to read this excellent book.
The way I test the value of a book is by looking back and seeing how many times I’ve folded over a page or highlighted a passage that got my attention. My copy of Print Is Dead has so many folds and highlighter marks that it looks like it’s been read by 10 different people. Here are some of my favorite excerpts:
Many of those in publishing see themselves as guardians of a grand and noble tradition, so much so that they sometimes suffer delusions of grandeur.
…pretty much anyone under the age of thirty qualifies for being accustomed to a ‘constant stream of digital stimulation.’ And so to expect future generations to be satisfied with printed books is like expecting the Blackberry users of today to start communicating by writing letters, stuffing envelopes and licking stamps.