William Gibson has a pretty good track record predicting the future. After all, this is the man who coined the word cyberspace and wrote about an all-encompassing global computer network years before it reached its tentacles into your home and pocket. So it’s heartening to hear that he’s not as doom-and-gloom about the future of ink on paper as some. He actually thinks books will be with us for a long time more.
“My dream scenario would be that you could go into a bookshop, examine copies of every book in print that they’re able to offer, then for a fee have them produce in a minute or two a beautiful finished copy in a dust jacket that you would pay for and take home.”
You can read the rest of Gibson’s interview with the Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy blog here. Then you can meet him and ask him your own questions when William Gibson reads from his new novel Zero History at the Minneapolis Public Library, Thursday, September 16, at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at Magers & Quinn right now. Stop in for yours while they last.–David E