Re: Future of Publishing?
Jun 02, 1999 01:53 PM
In a message dated 6/2/99 1:06:53 PM Central Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org
> Borders just announced that they are going to offer on-demand printing of
> books. This will in due course put an end to publishing as we know it. What
> next? Printing books at home on your computer? Instant availability of
> classics on Internet coupled with the writers bypassing the publishing
> houses -- anyone can publish on Internet at almost very little cost -- the
> power is going to shift from the publishing houses to individuals. It would
> be interesting to see how many profitable publishing houses survive the
> current revolution in communication.
Not quite, the new technology, such as FolioViews, allows electronic
databases that are fully cross-indexed, where one can make several of one's
own cross-indexes with bookmark-hyperlinks, where one can read variants in
original sources, etc.etc. etc.
But the creation of a FolioView database takes immense work. Publishing will
probably survive the new technology in its current economic form. Its just
some publishers will be caught unawares. Grigor
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