Author: John Davies
The bold statement above came from BBC2's Review Show at the Edinburgh Festival where Kirsty Wark managed a discussion about reading and the e-book between the writers Geoff Dyer, Ian Rankin and Jeanette Winterson and the academic and critic, James Shapiro. Opinions were varied and positions forcefully stated but I was struck by the quote used in the title of this post and by the assertion that "e-books may provide an antidote to Waterstone's ...in that obscure titles may be much more readily available". For me, Winterson posed the hardest question: "Gutenberg put books on the shelf. Digital media have taken them off. How will people find what they are looking for?". A question for all of us to ponder, I think.