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NY1 teams with contributors from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, and Essence Magazine to review the latest books and book-related trends.

The Book Reader: Printed Editions Still Have Literal Future

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Andrew Losowsky of The Huffington Post reports for NY1 on newly released book titles and the world of publishing in "The Book Reader."

Ladies and gentlemen, print is dead. It's time to burn the libraries, give up the bookshelf, forget about the physical and accept that our future is bits and bytes.

Sayonara, print books. You are now expensive confetti.

Though it is true that, according to figures from Bowker Market Research, 78 percent of books sold in America are still print editions. There are currently 1,900 independent bookstores in the U.S. There are perfumes dedicated to the smell of old books.

The truth is, the book isn't being replaced by e-readers or tablets, any more than TV led to the death of radio or theater. Instead, print has merely lost its monopoly on text-based storytelling -- and that's a good thing. E-readers will always beat print on convenience and speed. So print now has to focus on now what it does best. That means really cheap paperbacks you can read at the beach, and genuinely beautiful editions, the kind that you display on your shelf or your coffee table, books that are both great to read and also stunning physical objects. These books use physicality as part of their story. Just look at "The Tree of Codes" by Jonathan Safran Foer, or the incredible "Star Wars" pop-up book.

Yes, there will be less print in the future, but it's not going to disappear. Instead, e-reading forces print to justify its existence. As readers, this is a battle in which we all win.

Now, has anybody got any glue?

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