The Atlantic's Vision Of The Future Of Books

07/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The cover of Fiction 2010 offers, to say the least, a provocative vision. To our left glides a gentleman in pegged red pants holding an honest-to-God--positively florid--paper-and-ink book. To our right saunters a young lady fixed on the lambent square of her Kindle. They are shortly to meet cute--heads bent, dogs lightly leashed--near a mailbox at the corner of Publishing 3.0. The attractive pair is surrounded by blooms, sunlight, even a deli's beckoning door. Their future is plentiful and bright--and there is not an iPad in sight.

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