Is reading becoming obsolete? What a tragedy that would be to those of us who not only enjoy reading but are hoping to sell some of our own writing to others.
I'd like to say it won't happen fast, but look what has happened since the beginning of the Internet -- already people are beginning to use voice commands to send messages on their phones and others are talking into Dragon Speak and other such programs to decrease the writing/typing time.
And in the non-literary world, the need for the basics -- reading, writing, math -- has been diluted. For example, we all have calculators on our phones. Who needs to add and subtract anymore? Who even needs to read. Menus have pictures, most signs are illustrated, and we all are getting more and more used to the convenience of anything that expedites everything we're doing.
I have long hated to even think about all books going digital, but I'm beginning to realize that the scope of the problem is much broader than a concern over a tendency toward not valuing the book. Maybe we should take a look at creativity as a whole. Is that being shoved aside? I hope not.
Where do we want to be on this issue in ten years?