Do the Internet and other digital innovations threaten the livelihood of the literary community?
That issue took center stage last week at the annual BookExpo America (BEA) in New York City, where more than 20,000 publishers, authors, and booklovers gathered at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Digital devices like Kindle e-Readers and Barnes & Noble Nooks are changing the way we read books but it might not be the biggest threat to the literary industry. The real concerns are online retailers like Amazon.com. Not only do online retailers sell at prices lower than the publishers', but they also eliminate the close relationship found between bookstore owners and their customers, booksellers said.
However, Booksellers and authors affirmed that the future looks optimistic for the book industry, despite the changing technology. If the crowds at BEA were any indication, people are still excited to read and discuss books, whether they are read on a Nook, shipped to yourRead More »from 5 Trends Changing the Way You Read