I agree with… Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope “The physical book is rearing its head again as a very desirable possession because after all you don’t own an e-book, you only lease it. So if you have a library of e-books you can’t leave them to your grandchildren…”
Question: Will physical books cease to exist?
“I would regret that, and I don’t think it will happen. And if it did happen, then the book will start again in a sort of green shoots way, some enterprising publisher will produce an exquisite thing and people will say ‘isn’t this an extraordinary simple and effective piece of technology. Why didn’t we think of this before?’ and the book will be reborn.”

[Joanna Trollope, in conversation with Mark Lawson]

Joanna Trollope

I love this idea of books being re-invented. And I have to admit I hadn’t thought of an e-book as being ‘on lease’ but Trollope is right. I do get irritated with the e-books on my Kindle which can’t be shared with friends, or taken to Oxfam to pass on.

For Joanna Trollope’s website, click here.

Joanna Trollope


If you agree with Joanna Trollope, perhaps you will agree with:-
Lynn Barber
Jane Smiley
Joel and Ethan Coen

‘Balancing Act’ by Joanna Trollope [UK: Doubleday]

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  1. I hope the book doesn’t cease to exist. If I like the e-book loads I’d probably buy the book too, just to have on my shelf. They’re recovering all the Harry Potter’s at the moment which I think is a nice way of reinvigorating them for the next generation.

    • When radio was invented, it was the end of newspapers. When television was invented it was the end of radio. When online news was invented it was the end of newspapers. I don’t believe books will disappear. And I also buy the books I ‘really’ want, to keep for posterity 🙂 SD

  2. I think that in the future books will have a resurgence, a bit like vinyl in the music world. With beautifully bound hardbacks including luxury illustrations etc. I think that only the best most enjoyable books will be kept and treasured in people’s homes. (Tolkien, Dickens, Rowling, and Bronte. To name a few. )
    The lighter more ephemeral books, the ones that end up at Oxfam etc, will stay digital and in some ways this is a shame, although arguably better for the environment. After all you can’t read an ebook in the bath, or just leave an ebook on the bus in the hope that someone else will read it and enjoy it.