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Pen and Paper
The lesson of this historical sketch is that the book, whatever else it is, is not one thing only. That alone implies that the book as it is known now is unlikely to last forever and, moreover, that other forms of the book may well be possible. This has been powerfully reinforced by the advent of digital books, and particularly Amazon's release of the Kindle in 2007, as more people switch from paper to screen. For some, the end of print and conventional publishing is inevitable. As Mike Shatzkin, a specialist in the industry's transition to digital, has observed: "It will get harder and harder to understand why anyone would print something that's heavy, hard to ship and not customizable."