Chris Anderson on the path to the post-print future

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On the heels of last week's iPad announcement, I had the good fortune yesterday of asking Chris Anderson via telephone what he thinks will happen to print magazines (and publishing in general) as we move further and further into a digital space. If you don't know Chris, check out the current issue of Wired magazine on newsstands now; he wrote the cover story "The New Industrial Revolution." Or check out any issue of Wired post 2001—Chris is Editor In Chief. He's also the author of one of my favorite books to come out in 2006: The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More.

I recorded the phone conversation and Chris has kindly agreed to let mental_floss publish the audio that you're about to hear.

If you're interested in the future of magazines, newspapers and books, you're not going to want to miss a word of this 2 ½ minute answer to my question: What does the future of Wired look like: Print or online? His answer is not the usual cable-news talking head rat-a-tat, that's for sure. After you listen to his answer, tell us what you think, _flossers! Are books and magazines here for good? Sound off in the comments below.

Chris Anderson speaks on the future of Wired magazine vis-à-vis tablet computers


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