The blog is back, fully medicated and on the mend. I was going to make this week’s You Tell Me about whether whisky or the Quil family is the best cold remedy, but this is a family blog, and besides, knowing the people who frequent this blog, whisky would win going away. (Give yourselves a round of applause!)
There’s been quite a bit of angst recently about the decline of the newspaper book page and the folding of some stand-alone Book Review sections into other section of the old newspaper. Some see it as a sign of the decline of books’ place in culture. On the other hand, blogs and online review sites are thriving, each year sets a new record for number of books published, and the new Harry Potter has pre-sold seven kajillion copies to a new generation of readers (and their kids too!).
So you tell me: will more people read books in the future and will there continue to be more and more books published and sold or will books lose out to competition with other media and see its cultural foothold erode?