I was just thinking about the future of books, when Del Rey announced the first audio-only Star Wars book. Meaning their is no physical copy that you can physically read. I spoke to the editor and he said they are trying something new. I think this "new" idea is a sign that physical books will become scarcer and scarcer. Audio books will soon take over as well as digital reading devices. Soon books will be eradicated all together. Here's my timeline for the bookcopolypse.
c. 2029- The last Barnes and Nobles stores will close. Books are only sold in mom and pop book stores and are regarded as a novelty. Books can still be ordered on Amazon but many will be audio only.
c.2035- Old bookstores will close entirely as their rent will be too high. Books will only exist in antique shops and in churches. All publications will be digital and the only books still printed are religious texts
c2050- Books are no longer written. The only writing are scientific papers that are published online.
2100????- Nothing is expressed in written words anymore. Brain are connected to the internet and users can share "mind files". Quantum packets of information equivalent to a textbook, newspaper article or recreational fiction narrative. These packets are "read" by the brain instantaneously.
What do you think? Thoughts?