For people who make their living selling words to readers - and indeed for readers themselves - these are times of upheaval. The information technology revolution has led to an explosion in textual content. For many magazine and newspaper publishers, the goal now is to transition into a more Web-focused business model quickly. For book publishers, the mission is to make an industry built on a fifteenth-century technology viable in the twenty-first century. That means reinventing the concept of the book for the digital age. People, as a civilization, are duty-bound to encourage technological know-how. However, before you make the mistake of convincing yourselves that a knack for writing software is more valuable than the ability to simply write well, you might consider looking anew at the souvenir that is the book.
The 21st-Century Writer By Patrick Tucker The Internet is forcing traditional print publishers to innovate or perish. The same might be true of the written word itself. It’s a snowy February Monday in midtown Manhattan. Publishing
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