Once upon a time, storytelling was a solely oral tradition. As time moved on, people began to write and record tales that only the wealthy and privileged could read. Over time, as education became more accessible and the world became more literate books began to boom.
But how will reading change in the years to come?
What will happen to physical books?
I don’t think physical books are ever going anywhere. Yeah there are more convenient ways to produce books now, but it’s more than just the reading experience that makes physical books worthwhile. People love the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell. Someone somewhere will always be producing stories in paper novel form.
More Digital Content?
The invention of ereaders and mp3 players/ mobile phones has made books even more accessible and portable. Thousands of books can be kept on one small device and accessed almost anywhere. You can manipulate them to obtain the best reading/ listening experience for you.
I expect the use of electronic reading devices to only grow even further. Who knows, one day we might be able to download books directly into our brain, or use virtual reality software to fill the shoes of fictional characters and experience the story events first hand.
Serials and Subscriptions?
This was a form of reading/ book release I never even considered until I heard about REMADE. This is a story, written by six different authors, released in weekly chapter/ episode instalments like a TV show. It is available in ebook and/or audio form.
This reminds me of the radio dramas and such in the past. It’s a great way to build suspense, though the waiting must be torturous!