Just a few years ago, e-books started a reading revolution. As Kindles, Kobos, Nooks and iPads flooded the market, digital book sales skyrocketed, putting publishers and booksellers into a panic. But a pricing war with Amazon, paired with rapid changes in digital consumption, hasn’t produced the upheaval once predicted on our bookshelves. With e-book sales down 10 percent this year alone, booksellers and publishers are breathing new life into their print operations — and a collective sigh of relief. Kojo explores why going digital hasn’t completely taken off with readers, what it means for bookstores, and what’s next in this dynamic industry.


  • Mark Laframboise Senior Bookbuyer, Politics & Prose
  • Maryanne Wolf Director, Center for Reading and Language Research and John DiBaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University; Author, "Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain"
  • Andrew Albanese Senior Writer and Features Editor, Publishers Weekly

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