Print books will remain a staple of our consumption until there are no trees left to cut down for paper, or until something new has moved us away from paper books. Until that time, Authors need to become aware of publishing books by being more responsible in the use of paper, specifically using recycled paper for books.
In addition, Authors are becoming more aware of the lost in sales they suffer from when books are passed from one owner to another, or given to resale book stores, etc. This alone has cost authors millions of dollars of revenue and must change in order for them to make a living from their work.
The use of Nano technology is a new concept that is being discussed in a way to allow for a set amount of nano’s to create a book that looks and acts like a paper book, but can change into the form of any book it is programed to be. The owner of the nano’s would pay a fee for reading the book. When time is up, the nano’s would reset to a pre-designed shape that the owner may want. A picture cube, a box, anything until it is time to become a book once more.
This concept would prevent the book from being shared or given away outside of the restricted housing area. It would give the author a larger share of the income from the use and reading of the book.
Paper books would continue to be manufactured for libraries and museums as needed. But, the cost and environmental impact from creating paper books would decrease dramatically. In the short term, as with the creation of ebook readers, the price will be high until the manufacturing and design brings the price down for everyone to afford.
All of this comes back to the education of readers to understand the cost of producing books, and the need for authors to earn a fair income from their work.
Below is a simple video of the concept of using nano’s to and what it would look like.