Reading a paper book — or listening to vinyl records, whose remarkable comeback continued last year — is a statement, a human being’s answer to being increasingly surrounded, and now even threatened, by machines.
Book publishers have kept their paper-based operations and helped their physical distribution networks to stay alive by charging low wholesale prices. They have also maintained a time gap between the paper and digital releases of important books. People seeking a traditional experience have always been able to find it, and they were rewarded for it by being the first to read the industry’s best offerings. The printed book ecosystem survived the tech revolution, and it no longer appears to be in danger from it.
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