All that’s really gone is the “paper”, the “news” will still be there, and that’s all that matters… how you get it shouldn’t matter (of course we have plans for that!).
Finally, someone else gets it, and thankfully that someone is Seth Godin (so hopefully a lot of people will listen & take note).
As I mentioned in my Shift Happens post last month, “the newspaper industry appears to have forgotten what they’re really about, which is delivering “News” not newspapers, “paper” is merely the delivery mechanism. The next generation will simply want whatever is most convenient and most up to date, as we say, no paper is the future™. It’s time for publishing houses worldwide to wake up, accept the sea of change, and prepare for it, otherwise those ready to embrace the advantages of the new formats and market space will out pace them. If the old guard don’t step up to the plate, new ePublishing houses will appear on the scene giving the audience what they want.
Will eBooks, replace paper books & newspapers? absolutely… but at the end of the day, does it really matter which format prevails, as long as more people are reading & writing, who cares how it’s delivered, we’ll all be winners!”