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The Rise of eBooks: Are Physical Books Becoming Obsolete?

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/12/05/What_Is_the_Future_of_the_Independent_Bookstore With the universal rise of eBooks, independent book sellers and authors are worried that changes in consumption patterns will render the physical book obsolete. Author Jonathan Ames voices this concern, noting his discomfort with how difficult it is to even find a hard copy of the newspaper today. ----- With the rise of the e-book, the collapse of Borders, and the changing nature of bookselling, what is the future of that neighborhood fixture, the great independent bookstore? Literary agent Eric Simonoff, co-head of the book department at WME Entertainment, will host a freewheeling conversation with two successful and beloved booksellers in New York City, each of whom will bring along an author closely associated with their store. Featuring Jonathan Ames, author of The Extra Man and Wake Up, Sir and creator of the hit HBO series Bored to Death; Simon Van Booy, author of The Secret Lives of People in Love and Love Begins in Winter, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson Books; and Zack Zook, general manager of BookCourt. Jonathan Ames is the author of I Pass Like Night; The Extra Man; What's Not to Love?; My Less Than Secret Life; Wake Up, Sir!; I Love You More Than You Know; and The Alcoholic. He is the creator of the HBO Original Series Bored to Death. The film adaptation of Ames's novel The Extra Man was released in 2010.
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