Print is Dead and the Espresso Book Machine

I recently read Jeff Gomez’s Print is Dead, one of the main arguments of which is that even though a lot of people like print books and think ebooks are fixing something that isn’t broken, they should just get with the program, because eventually the only books that are going to be available in print are Dan Brown and his ilk.

But I wonder. Sure, one day bookstores may no longer stock pbooks. Maybe there won’t even be bookstores. But with print-on-demand technology, it would be ridiculously easy for publishers to continue to make it possible for anyone to get a print copy of any book they want—even if they do transition primarily to ebooks. So just from a technological standpoint, the whole “print is dead” thing seems a bit overblown.

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