We can usually count on waves of skeptics and prophets to ride in on the cusp of change. The future is forever a topic to be discussed and some of the most famous books are those that predicted the world of tomorrow. From Big Brother to Utopia, books have been the vessel that brought us big ideas about the future of humanity. But what about the future of the book itself? What will it look like? What will it do? As technology pushes forward, the possibilities are offering more change than some are willing to embrace. Others, however, are coming alive and paving the way to a new kind of book.
The book is arguably the most influential invention of all time: it simultaneously shaped and recorded our history, it is powerful enough to move nations to war and peace, it is personal enough to touch one life at a time, and it has the ability to teach us more than we can ever learn. The book connects us, and even as the world rapidly shifts to faster modes of communication, the book will stand. As with all change, there is potential for some of the good to be lost, but books will not be lost...they will just be a little different.