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The Bottom Line - Goodbye paperback

Updated Thursday 7th February 2013

Evan Davis and guests examine what the publishing landscape might look like following the growth of ebook sales.

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Books open on a bright background Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Flynt | Open books Like the music industry before it, the print book industry has been turned upside down up by the digital revolution. As sales of ebooks continue to grow, bookshop sales are down from a peak in 2007. So what does the future hold for the bricks and mortar bookstore? Will physical books become a thing of the past? And what role will traditional players like publishers, agents and retailers play in this brave new world?

In the studio this week are:

  • Jonny Geller, literary agent and joint CEO Curtis Brown
  • Victoria Barnsley, CEO of publisher HarperCollins UK & International
  • Michael Tamblyn, Chief Content Officer, Kobo (Toronto-based ebook retailer)

This edition of The Bottom Line is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Thursday 7th February 2013 at 8.30pm. Versions will also be broadcast on BBC World Service, BBC World and BBC News Channel. To find out more, or to listen online where available, pelase visit






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