The world of books and publishing is changing and we authors watch it all wondering what will happen to us.
Here is a link to an article on a new form of Print on Demand. The machine goes into bookstores and libraries. It automatically prints,binds and trims perfect bound paperbacks, at point of sale. Some major publishers are on board with it, Hachette, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster to name a few. The machine was named 'Invention of the Year" in 2007.
As a writer, I feel anything that brings books closer to people is good. (I also feel like I'm living in the future. When ever I flick open my mobile phone I think of Star Trek and Beam me up, Scotty).
Another interesting development is e-books and how different publishers react to them. Some try to control all sourcing of e-books and see pirating of books on the web as something to chase down. Others try to reach new readers through this medium. There's a link down in the Interesting Sites on the side bar of this page to Baen Books free e-book page. Like Cory Doctorow, they figure if you like the e-book, you're likely to go out and buy more books by that author.
How do you feel about e-books and point of sale, print on demand?