Libraries prepare for a future in which materials can be checked out and read from a home computer, smart phone or e-reader.
Writers are bypassing the traditional route to bookstore shelves and self-publishing their works online. By selling directly to readers, authors get a larger slice of the sale price.
Stein, head of the Institute for the Future of the Book in New York, foresees the evolution of reading from a solitary pursuit into a communal, electronically networked activity — something he calls social reading.
Russ Grandinetti, the head of content for Amazon.com's Kindle business, talks about the online juggernaut's plans for its rapidly growing Kindle business.
Powerful scanners allow for the preservation and easy dissemination of ancient texts, but the volume of material waiting to be processed is enormous.