TALK | Arsenal Book Festival in Kyiv
→ Brief study on recurrent fears of information overload and the future of the book in the digital era.
Getting tired of yet another report on digital revolution, the end of the book and the fall of Western civilisation?
We have heard similar scares many times before, yet the cinema did not kill the theatre, television did not put the cinema out of business, and the internet has not pulled people away from TV sets.
Undeniably, however, the way we read is changing. With the advent of the Web and the digital media, the choice of available content is growing, and so is the competition for the readers’ ever shrinking attention.
My talk at Arsenal Book Festival in Kyiv outlines readership trends in the digital era. I argue that storytelling is thriving online, and that the decline of paper does not necessarily hail the demise of publishing.