Books in the Age of the iPad. Craig Mod writes:
We’re losing the dredge of the publishing world: disposable books. The book printed without consideration of form or sustainability or longevity. The book produced to be consumed once and then tossed. The book you bin when you’re moving and you need to clean out the closet. These are the first books to go. And I say it again, good riddance.
Mod says something rather interesting when he talks about the potential for digital: that fiction would become edgier, riskier, a direct result from a lower barrier-to-entry to publish. And a direct result of this: a rise in the importance of editors. Whole article’s worth a read. (via df)