There was an important in-depth article in the New York Times magazine recently which looked at the future of books. By reacting to the current controversy around Google's scanning of books, the article's author and Wired magazine founder, Kevin Kelly, explores the evolution of not only the printed word but media itself.
The article talks a lot about a "universal library" and that there is a type of intelligence common on the Web, but previously foreign to the world of books.
Jeff Jarvis adds to the piece with this exerpt from his column in The Guardian:
"Today, any medium that defines itself by its medium is in trouble: newspapers, broadcasting and books must be valued for their substance over their shape. Is a book bound paper? Or is it the ideas and information within? If there are better ways to share knowledge, why should it suffer the limitations of the page?"
Click on the link to see Jeff's full column.