The Book Ecosystem – German version!
At the Leipzig Book Fair, which closed yesterday, a colorful meeting ground for authors, readers and other book people (plus thousands of Manga lovers disguised as their favorite characters in play), the “book” was supposedly the real thing, as opposed to the *e*. And yet, there was, probably for the first time in Germany, a broad consensus about ebooks to have started their journey with readers, in “real”. While in opening addresses, there was still talk about the “end” of book culture as we know it, it may be more interesting to understand what this means, practically. So I added a few thoughts on the “ecosystem of books and reading” in my column “Virtualienmarkt” at Perlentaucher. In case your German is rusty, try Google translation, it works good enough to get a read.