A sense that the written word is seeing the greatest transformation since Gutenberg is, despite becoming a cliché, not unwarranted. Not only are books and publishing experiencing the most profound transition since the dawn of the press but our entire communications paradigm is witnessing arguably the greatest change in history. Moreover we are still in the early phases of digital technology. Over the coming decades it will undoubtedly evolve in unexpected ways. To paraphrase Zhou Enlai on the French Revolution, even by the end of the present century it will be too soon to tell regarding the digital revolution. The impact has been felt across sectors and publishing is no exception. Such technologies beg the questions what is a book and what does publishing it mean?
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