In 1996, John O’Brien wrote
31 Questions and Statements about the Future of Literary Publishing, Bookstores, Writers, Readers and Other Matters
In 2019, I have this to say:
You’re full of falafel, Mr O’Brien. When you say that people are falling out of love with literature and books and that publishers will no longer be able to support those forms of fiction that make little money then you’re right, but only if publishing stands still.
We won’t stand still. We’ll move on to other forms of writing that are disseminated in different ways. Instead of books and screens that try to imitate books, we’ll have the software and hardware that make reading a book as easy and enjoyable as watching the movie version.
I’ll tell you more about it later, but believe me – it’ll be good.