Rather than the first steps of a funeral cortege, the death of Borders is really just the first little dip on a wildly careening roller coaster ride for the people who write, publish, buy and sell books. It's going to shake us up, down and sideways, industry figures say, and some people may get thrown from their cars. But one group is sure to be happy at the end: readers.
As traditional print media is being slowly but irresistibly subsumed by electronic competitors, powerhouse agent Andrew Wylie argues that writers should get a larger cut of e-book sales. But is Wylie, in reality, seeking to destroy paper-based publishing houses?
Apple's latest gadget, the iPad, hits shelves this weekend. There's been a lot of chatter on the interwebs and in the publishing world about how the shiny new tech may change the way we think of books.