According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Bill Gates recently said, “Reading is going to go completely online.” Then he backed it up with a rather idealistic vision of the future of print. Jeff Gomez, the blogger and author behind Print is Dead, and Stephen Baker of Business Week both had a great take on Bill’s prognosticating.
I remember thinking — way back in the 90s — that nobody is ever going to curl up in bed with a clunky laptop and read it like a book. Then I got my tiny 12 inch Powerbook. Still, reading on it just isn’t the same. A real paper novel demands my attention. It makes me commit. I can’t email, work, shop, and read; with a book, I can only read.
Can you picture life without books or newspapers? Can you imagine reading Pat the Bunny or Green Eggs and Ham to your kids … from a laptop? What do you think of Bill’s take on the future?