“…publishers are turning to digital books in an attempt to attract younger audiences.”
True enough. Young people are much more likely to use digital books or books downloaded to their laptops than are older folks.
“HarperCollins is leading the digital revolution with the launch of a service that allows people to download the first 10 pages of the first two chapters of forthcoming books onto the Apple iPhone.”
That doesn’t sound like wrenching people away from print books. Sounds more like luring people into buying the hard copy.
"Far from causing the book industry's downfall, free access to electronic versions of novels has the potential to be its saviour. And to publishers, struggling for relevance in a digital age, that should be music to their ears."
Agreed. There’s no going back to the dark ages before computers. The digital age is here to stay. But while it may save publishers, I’m not totally convinced it’s good for writers. I think there is still work to be done to protect writers’ rights.