Is The Era Of The Book Over?

“The fat years of the printed word are over. Even if books get dirt cheap, readers simply don’t have the time or motive to invest in them. The old cultivated readership is not as solid as it was. The safe library sale doesn’t exist any more. There’s been a loss of authority in the serious book.” That’s the Guardian, whingeing on about the decline of book culture. They don’t bother to point out that writers have been airing this same complaint for at least two hundred years.

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