Usually you don't see two signs of changing times within a few minute of one another, but I did just now. I looked over my Twitter feed for the past hour and saw Mashable's report that Amazon thinks sales of e-books in their Kindle Store will overtake paperbacks by the end of 2011. Amazon recently announced that e-books had over taken hardback sales last quarter. And Amazon expects e-books to overtake paper and hardback combined some time after that. Jeff Bezo's of Amazon marvels that the Kindle is only 33 months old.
And according to the Digital Future Project from the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism and reported by Editor and Publisher, 56% Internet users ranked newspapers as important or very important sources of information while the internet is at 78% and television is at 68%.
The internet continues to rock the world, and disrupt old ways of doing things. We have to make sure the information continues to flow freely, and as unfettered as possible.