We've been saying that Amazon has revolutionized books ever since the company first enabled us to order a book late at night in our pj's ... and at a discount. But Amazon's impact is increasingly being felt not only by readers, but by authors, publishers, and editors as well. Once merely an online book retailer, Amazon is arguably becoming the most influential arbiter of publishable content, and a threat to the traditional author-publisher-reader intermediation. There is no disputing that Amazon will play an outsized role in shaping the future of books, but only time will tell whether its endgame is a desirable destination for book culture.
Join New America NYC and a group of diverse stakeholders—an author, publisher, bookstore owner, and technology journalist—for a conversation about the future of books.