There is one school of thought that argues the rise of the ebook means death to the printed book and the end of the world as we know it. The collapse of Borders, the increasing pressure on local bookshops and the sorry state of libraries is all used as ammunition to fuel that argument.
So it is refreshing to see another point of view being put forward by Observer writer Robert McCrum arguing that the spread of English as the primary language, fulled by technology, means that in fact the market for books could be about to spread even further than in the past.
Is it really doomsday for books? Not while English casts its spell