In Twitter this morning, @tatteredcover is asking how many people are moving from paper books to electronic ones. I own a Kindle, but about 60% of my book buying is still paper. I love the bookstore experience, and there’s nothing like thumbing through a paper book. But my house is overflowing with the damn things.
I’ve been thinking for years that the ideal experience would be to have a book printing and recycling machine (the BookBox). This box would be able to print and bind any book on the spot. It would also have a slot for inserting used books to be recycled on the spot (composted, or whatever, with zero waste). Plus maybe a USB port so you could hook up your favorite electronic reader and download a bunch of books before a trip.
In a world where the BookBox exists, there would still be bookstores: cafe + inventory for browsing + BookBox. You can browse books while sipping an Oolong tea, then place an order to have a book printed on BookBox to take home with you.