December 2010 Archives

Book Versus Nook (and iPad and Kindle and Kobo and...)

With the Nook and Kindle and cohorts battling it out at the top of holiday gift guides, it seems e-readers are becoming more ubiquitous each passing day. The machines themselves are dropping in price, and myriad titles are available--everything from cookbooks and self-help guides, to popular fiction and 16th-century poetry.

But where does that leave "real" books--and along with them, the publishing industry? Does paper have a future in publishing? What role will backlists play? Who will choose what goes digital--or decide what should even be considered? What will be the role of textbooks, scholarly press publications, and other educational materials?

On December 2, join Douglas Armato, director of the University of Minnesota Press, as he addresses the future of publishing in the digital age.


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