Science in the web age: The real death of print

Despite clashes with publishers over copyright, Google’s plan to make millions of books available online is turning the tide for efforts to digitize the world’s literature.Andreas von Bubnoff tracks the demise of the printed page in Nature Magazine. He says Having a mix of both e-books and real books could be the answer. A mix would certainly help solve that perennial headache for libraries — the lack of shelf space and cost of keeping physical books. Ensuring that some libraries always keep a physical copy of a particular work means that they will be available through inter-library loans for readers needing a real book, adds Dillon.