Print is Dead: Books in Our Digital Age

Author(s): Jeff Gomez

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For over 1500 years books have weathered numerous cultural changes remarkably unaltered. Through wars, paper shortages, radio, TV, computer games, and fluctuating literacy rates, the bound stack of printed paper has, somewhat bizarrely, remained the more robust and culturally relevant way to communicate ideas. Now, for the first time since the Middle Ages, all that is about to change. Newspapers are struggling for readers and relevance; downloadable music has consigned the album to the format scrap heap, and the digital revolution is now about to leave books on the high shelf of history. In Print Is Dead, Gomez explains how authors, producers, distributors, and readers must not only acknowledge these changes, but drive digital book creation, standards, storage, and delivery as the first truly transformational thing to happen in the world of words since the printing press.


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'This book is a wake-up call for anyone in the print media who has not yet grasped or embraced the realities of the digital world created by the Internet...He's [Gomez] done a good job. Print is Dead is a succinct and useful field guide to digial media.' - Anthony Cheetham, Literary Review

JEFF GOMEZ is senior director of online consumer sales and marketing for Penguin Group USA. He lectures on digital information trends at publishing industry events throughout America, and has written four novels. Visit his at blog at He lives in New York City.

Introduction PART I: STOP THE PRESSES Byte Flight Us and Them Newspapers Are No Longer News PART II: THE DIGITAL TIPPING POINT Generation Download Generation Upload On Demand Everything eBooks and the Revolution that Didn't Happen PART III: SAYING GOODBYE TO THE BOOK Writers in a Digital Future Readers in a Digital Future Will Books Disappear? Afterword Acknowledgements Notes

General Fields

  • : 9780230614468
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : Palgrave Macmillan
  • : July 2009
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jeff Gomez
  • : Paperback
  • : 304