Nancy Herther (Information Today) writes in a recent article that “electronic media [ebooks] are now clearly in the mainstream and even driving changes in all aspects of publication/distribution/use of information and literature.” Key issues for the year are:

The Role of Traditional Publishers -“huge giants still hold sway over book production globally”

Self-Publishing’s Gold Rush -“the number of services that have arisen to serve the needs of self-publishing authors has skyrocketed”

The Transformation of Reading – “the hype today is focusing on merging information content with both the social as well as with non-print elements”

Kiss the E-Reader Goodbye? “e-readers as separate devices are becoming less and less important to the industry or to readers”