Did you know that video of Phillip Roth that everyone is posting is actually dated 21 October 2009? I'm pointing this out becuase it so closely jibes with the interview he gave the other day. His belief seems to have been frozen for the past year. (When I can't see a sign of growth or change, I wonder if it's an act.)
He thinks the book can't compete with the TV screen? BULL. He thinks the book can't compete with movies? BULL. The Novel has competed successfully with movies and TV. How else would you explain the publishing industry growing in size in spite of the invention of movies and TV? His argument makes no sense.
My favorite line is the one about how novels will only be read by a limited number of people in 25 years. What time period does he think his type of novels were ever read by more than a small fraction of the population? Just becuase he can't find an audience doesn't mean people don;t read.
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:
"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."