Keeping books physical?

Every time I browse book or publishing news feeds these days, I’m guaranteed to find countless posts on the ‘advent of the eBook’, the ‘death of the real book’ or the ‘end of publishing as we know it’, and it’s all very interesting, and obviously it does look as though the way we are all absorbing information is changing and the chances are that we are moving closer to digital models for a lot of the information we consume. What will it mean for books and writers?

It’s probably not even worth me speculating. But I did find it quite funny to see these two headlines side by side on Google News today.

As Google enters the eBook fray, much to the (dare I say slightly hysterical) interest of journalists, so we are reminded of the physical value of a popular book.

Humans are funny creatures, but no matter what changes are to befall our favourite forms of entertainment , I reckon we’re still quite far away from killing off out hunter collector genes. Taking a look around my house and it’s multiple bookcases, I sure am anyway.