ED2011 Book Reviews

The Rise Of Ebooks – How Will The Rise Of Ebooks Affect Writers And Their Work? (Peter Burns / Maggie McKernan / Nicola Solomon)

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2011

Everybody has an opinion on ebooks these days: there’s the passionately print-loving naysayers, the reluctant converts, and the equally-fervent subscribers to digitisation. So it’s slightly dissatisfying to find that among the three debaters selected for ‘The Rise of Ebooks’, there appears to be a consensus that ebooks are, in general, a good thing. Still, this is an interesting enough hour, though hardly conclusive – the phrase “a new era” is somewhat overused, and Peter Burns, self-proclaimed “ebook supremo” from Birlinn Publishing, comes in for some flak from Nicola Solomon,representing the Society of Authors, and literary agent Maggie McKernan. It’s an engaging set of questions, but ‘The Rise of Ebooks’ was disappointingly short on answers.

Peppers Theatre, 17 Aug, 6.45pm (7.45pm), £8.00 – £10.00, bfpp20