For over 1500 years books have weathered numerous cultural changes remarkably unaltered. Through wars, radio, TV, computer games and fluctuating literacy rates, the book has, somewhat bizarrely, remained the more robust and culturally relevant way to communicate ideas. Now, for the first time since the Middle Ages, all that is about to change.
Originally from Southern California, Jeff Gomez lived in Manhattan for over a decade and recently moved to Hoboken, New Jersey. He is the author of four novels, including the cult favorite Our Noise, which was published by Scribner Paperback fiction in America and Penguin in the UK. He is currently the Director of Internet Marketing for Holtzbrinck Publishers, owners of Farrar, Straus& Giroux, St. Martin's Press, Henry Holt, Picador, Tor and a number of other leading book and magazine brands. Jeff has been involved in electronic books and the world of digital reading since the industry's beginning in 1999, and he has also been a featured speaker and panelist at publishing industry events throughout North America. You can visit his blog at www.printisdeadblog.com.
"A must-read for people who care about reading."--Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do? "Makes a telling argument that there is a generation coming through that has less patience with books… Interesting for the questions it raises.”-- Brian Clegg, Popular Science
“A great and relevant new book. Jeff Gomez has a unique perspective… He does a good job of reviewing the brief history of the first ebook revolution. Makes a great case.”--Books 24 x 7.com
“Gomez has produced a text in which readers can ponder the losses to literacy in the wireless age.”-- Tara Brabazon, Times Higher Education