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Assuming we make it through the 2012 apocalypse, what do you imagine the publishing world will look like 100 years from now?
Publishing in 2111?
Well, I have no doubt there will be many more books (maybe even some of my own) by then. I re-read a book this week along with my students called Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the way we make things.
It's all about how recycling is often just downcycling-- turning products never intended to be recycled into another product, losing value in the materials with each alteration.
The first chapter is called "This book is not a tree" and goes into all kinds of detail about the products used to create this "book". The ink on the pages is not toxic and can be "wiped clean" through an industrial process and "refilled" with the words of another book. It's waterproof and meant to be upcycled into another book in the future.
Of course, way back in 2002 when cradle to cradle was published, e-books were still a fantasy.
I still love a book (and even my students remarked about how "good" cradle to cradle feels), but I would also like to try reading on an e-reader.
I guess my hope for the future of publishing is that we will come up with technologies that offer choices for our reading experiences.Choices that get more books into more people's hands all over the world in a way that's safe and sustainable.
And if those are YA books... well, even better.