The Future of the Book: Panel Discusses What Lies Ahead for the Written Word

On October 31, 2019 Georgetown University Press and Georgetown University Library, in collaboration with the Georgetown Humanities Initiative, organized a panel discussion on “The Future of the Book”, featuring Al Bertrand, Director of Georgetown University Press, and Harriette Hemmasi, Dean of Georgetown University Library.

The demise of the book has been predicated since the first e-reader appeared around the turn of the century. The two speakers explored what the future holds for the scholarly book and for the book more generally in our intellectual life. They convincingly showed that the book remains central to academic life and retains its cultural importance.