Print dead in ten years—even p-obits? Plus book future show, the e-pricing issue and K-book sales stats
June 5, 2008 | 1:55 pm
"In the next 10 years, the whole world of media, communications and advertising are going to be turned upside down—my opinion. Here are the premises I have. Number one, there will be no media consumption left in 10 years that is not delivered over an IP network. There will be no newspapers, no magazines that are delivered in paper form. Everything gets delivered in an electronic form." – Steve Ballmer, Microsoft, in Washington Post interview.
The TeleRead take: So what do you think, gang? I believe they’ll have to kill off some Luddite babyboomers first. But you never know where their obits will appear, if you take a Monster.com founder seriously. As for e-books already some kids in housing projects prefer them over the paper variety, because, says a Richmond teacher, they’d rather press a button than turn pages.
Related: Print is Dead and The Book Is Dead book sites, and the PID blog. Read PID guy Jeff Gomez’s skepticism toward Henry Blodget’s proposal to lower e-book prices—plus TBID author Sherman Young’s questioning of Jeff Bezo’s Kindle sales stats. I myself think prices will eventually shake out at $5-$10 for pure E and maybe $20-$25 for a p-book with an e-edition included. No science here. Check in with me in five-ten years.