(Er, was there ever a Lean Back 1.0 or 1.5?)
The program is launching in the UK first, with nine titles being released on December 1. All are priced at £0.99 ($1.58) or £1.99. ($3.17) In the U.S., Penguin has been publishing short-form “Penguin eSpecials” since 2008, and those will be rebranded as Penguin Shorts next year.
Next month IKEA will introduce a new, deeper version of its ubiquitous “BILLY” bookcase. The flat-pack furniture giant is already promoting glass doors for its bookshelves. The firm reckons customers will increasingly use them for ornaments, tchotchkes and the odd coffee-table tome—anything, that is, except books that are actually read.
In my experience though, the BILLY bookcase is a bit flimsy to begin with, as with most IKEA furniturea.
In a nutshell: less print more digital, bookstores die, cheaper books, print on demand, self-publishing, author-to-reader connection, THE END OF THE WORLD.
(I refuse to indulge hyperbolic headlines.)
Can you imagine? You see someone at a coffee shop with earphones plugged into his multimedia device, and you begin to wonder what he’s reading.