The Kindle 2.0 hoopla is waning slightly -- despite Jeff Bezos interview with John Stewart on The Daily Show, wow, they do want to look smart -- and I am not going to disagree with the progress the Kindle has made for readers. Anything that gets people to read is a good thing and the Kindle is great for the voracious readers who consume books.
I've actually been wondering about a world where paper is a rare and expensive commodity. OK, probably not paper; it's way to cheap to produce with products other than old growth trees. But I do think there will always be a world for high end, beautifully created books with limited print runs and a clear audience. Anyone who has owned an antiquarian book knows that they are portable, personal, emotional art.
Take a minute to enjoy The Book Cover Archive. It's a great design inspiration and a bit of fun for book lovers. And the range of creativity of these books shows that someone will always be creating books for a reader somewhere, even if the publishing industry is transformed during the process.