I went to a party last night where there were several writers. One had a novel published and was being heavily leaned upon by her agent to write a nonfiction book, so that she could get an advance and not have to take a waitressing job. Another very established couple, each with several well-known novels under their belts, are reportedly having as much trouble as I am getting their new novels accepted. Finally, after much shopping and crying and shopping, one of them was able to get Penguin to take the new novel. She has an excellent agent obviously. After awhile the party felt like a funeral: books are dead.
Anyway, in tribute to all of these fine writers (and so many more), I thought I'd post this funny video, which may soon be pretty directly applicable to books. Do you think online books and electronic book readers will replace the actual objects as has happened pretty much with newspapers? Is that what's happening?
Before answering, consider this article.