Books going the way of the dinosaurs……again?

Sigh.  I can’t help but be a tad skeptical of the whole “books are doomed” argument.  Will Amazon, the Kindle, ITunes, corporate business models, and PR departments put literature out of business?  This week’s New York takes a look at the publishing industry and why it may be going the way of Lehman Brothers.

Curiously, the author characterizes children’s books as “genre fiction” and lumps it in with his discussion of writers being forced to choose more “commercial” as opposed to “literary” fiction in order to sell.  I hate to see the entirety of children’s literature lumped in with the likes of Danielle Steel.  But perhaps I’m just being oversensitive.

Your thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “Books going the way of the dinosaurs……again?

  1. Yes!! The stats on children and reading fly in the face of these types of arguments. I know- good news doesn’t sell magazines- but wouldn’t it be nice to see a big bold headline reading “Kids: Lovin’ Those Paper Books, Too!” Or, something.

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