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eBooks: Will Technology Kill Book Publishing?

10/12/2010 08:50 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

There has been much talk about the decline, and some say inevitable death, of the publishing industry as we know it today. Central to this argument are the rise of e-book sales and the increasing options available to authors to self-publish. While I think that publishing is changing and must do so in order to stay alive, I don't think that the industry will die - at least, not any time soon. I see the impact of e-books on the publishing industry as similar to the impact on the music industry when sites like Napster came along and music became available as mp3 files. The recording industry survived the iPod and I believe the book publishing industry will survive the Kindle.

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