toddkreigh, 2/24/2012 - 5:22pm "Holy crap. "E-books won't survive if their print forbears vanish." People will get tired of the Internet, as it's just a passing fad. Really? Quick! Someone print out the Internet before it's too late.
Rall's solution is .. drum roll please .. government intervention in setting price floors and juggling antitrust laws. This tone deaf approach is so vastly similar to bailouts for auto companies and alternative energy firms that go flop anyway. Who pays for it? Your tax dollars. Maybe bailouts to Barnes and Noble will come with a cool catchphrase - "Books - too big to fail".
If you're a hard-copy enthusiast (like me) and enjoy lining your floor-to-ceiling book shelves with weighty tomes, I might suggest stocking up on them now, maybe buying a subscription to 100 Greatest Books. They charge the crap out of you - $25 per tome plus tax - but all the faux leather sure looks purty.
The future will be more electronic, not less. It's been going in that direction for about, oh, the last 150 years. So don't listen to Rall. Government intervention in the free market in any and all cases only leads to perpetual subsidies of dying industries, wasted tax dollars, and simply prolonging the inevitable."
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