The Book 2.0 | Connecticut Public Radio

The Book 2.0

Jul 21, 2011

Borders Books reached its height in 2005 with more than 1,200 bookstores around the world. In a few weeks, there will be no more.

What is the current state of the book industry and where is it going? A recent Pew survey says the percentage of adult eReader owners doubled to 12 percent since November. Amazon is now selling more eBooks than hardcover and paperback books combined. We’ll talk about what was behind the closing of the book giant and how the industry can thrive.

We’ll also talk with the owner of a very successful local used bookstore that remains a brick-and-mortar operation in the digital age. And speaking of digital, it seems like more and more classrooms are moving away from the physical textbook and into a more high-tech environment. We'll talk to a technology and education consultant about what schools around the country are doing.

Will you miss the era of mega-bookstores or have you already made the transition? Is this an inevitable evolution?