Has the e-book bubble burst? is an article by David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic that offers his take on a Wall Street Journal piece entitled Don’t Burn Your Books—Print Is Here to Stay by Nicholas Carr that argues the e-book bubble may have burst. (Carr has raised similar questions about the digital revolution before. He wrote the “2008 Atlantic cover story “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” expanded two years later into “The Shallows,” a 2010 Pulitzer finalist”). While expressing minor reservations about some of Carr’s assertions, Mr. Ulin agrees with Carr’s main contention that ebooks are best suited to “light entertainment” and goes on to observe “that e-books have filled a niche in the publishing landscape, rather than eating it alive.” Ulin also points out that while some of the statistics quoted by Carr may reflect generational preferences, he notes that his own teenagers are “platform agnostic, and read on the page as well” as on electronic devices. In short, the future may have room for both print and digital books.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.