The Future of Books – in Three Words

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If Twitter has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need to speak for long to say something worth saying.

Before Twitter, there was Ernest Hemingway and his six-word stories, the most famous of which bears repeating:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn

And now, as if the world is still too long-winded, we have the future of e-books in just three words. A discussion around this topic was started on the Digital Book World LinkedIn group about a month ago Matt Gartland, a freelance editor and publishing industry consultant, and I’d like to share with you some of the best responses.

(Please note, I’ve left the names of the commenters off of the responses because I wasn’t sure whether the people who left them wanted to be mentioned in an even more public forum. If you’re curious, you should check them out at the DBW LinkedIn group.)

They’ll never die

Compelling content endures

Adjusting but alive

Humans love stories

Technophiles, hybrids, print

No tengo idea

Meet consumer preferences

Evolve or perish

Exciting and eternal

I added my own comment, too: Brave new world.

Which ones are your favorites? What do you think is the future of books – in three words, of course? Leave your thoughts as a comment below or at the DBW LinkedIn page.

UPDATE: Gartland’s post on the DBW LinkedIn group was based on this post.

4 thoughts on “The Future of Books – in Three Words

  1. Matt Gartland

    Thanks so much Jeremy for featuring a number of the awesome insights from our DBW LinkedIn discussion. I’m thrilled that many took to the concept and shared their views on this important subject.

    Best wishes,

  2. David Kyle

    Thanks for posting those Jeremy, there were some interesting responses. Thanks too to Matt for starting that thread on LinkedIn.



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