Google has a machine that can print books on demand in four minutes —with binding. This is now, not some future invention a wide eyed inventor dreams about and draws a scale model and and and... this is our future. Google already has some of these behemoths in this country churning out books that are no longer available on the market. What will happen to used book stores? I love the musky smell of some of my favorite haunts. Will the machine be able to suggest a title buried beneath several volumes? Will I walk down narrow aisles staring at shelves filled with possibilities?
How about the used book stores on line? I love putting the name of a book in the search box and finding dealers. Will the machine replicate the dealer in California who found an old ,no longer published, volume of Chinese Ink paintings and scanned the cover ( since it was all in Chinese) to make certain that the book was the one I sought?
The future of publishing many be fraught with loss.