“What would be the consequences,” asks Charlie Stross, “if a large internet corporation such as Google were to buy the entire publishing industry?” Would such a buyout “amount to a wholesale shift to a promotion-supported model for book publishing?”
According to some new research conducted by ebook retailer Kobo, the digital reading revolution (if it still exists) is being powered by prolific readers who are primarily female and older than forty-five. The study asserts that women make up almost seventy-five percent of “active” e-readers, defined as those who spend more than thirty minutes per day reading. What does all of this mean? Who knows, but keep reading.