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The Future of Reading

Electronic reading devices are transforming the concept of a book

Libraries reinvent themselves as they struggle to remain relevant in the digital age

Libraries prepare for a future in which materials can be checked out and read from a home computer, smart phone or e-reader.

Book publishers see their role as gatekeepers shrink

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.

Bob Stein wants to change how people think about the book

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.

Amazon's Kindle opens new chapter for publishing industry

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.

Digital technology lets libraries share their fragile treasures with the world

Powerful scanners allow for the preservation and easy dissemination of ancient texts, but the volume of material waiting to be processed is enormous.

OpenSky helps authors develop their brands

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