Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A 1962 Vision of the 21st Century Book Trade

Fifty years ago, in a Seattle Times article entitled Talking Books Will Entertain, Inform 'Readers' in Century 21, writers, teachers and booksellers gathered to examine the future of the book. Many of their predictions from this report in the five-part World's Fair souvenir edition on Space Age Frontiers are quite visionary—while others, such as having a fully-automated future with an abundance of idle time—are just outright laughable. Read on...

Click on this article above for easy reading. For a link to download a PDF of the entire five-part souvenir edition series visit The Seattle Times.


  1. I wrote recently about the very similar library-based project at the fair. It was (supposedly) automated, powered by “THE COMPUTER……..ELECTRONIC SERVANT TO MANKIND":


  2. A fascinating read Derek! I read a short article about the Library21 exhibit in the same 5 part souvenir series. It is in section H-5 and you can find a link to view it here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/flatpages/living/worldsfair50thanniversary.html

    Thanks for sharing. What a great research project for you and your students.

  3. Thanks for sharing. What a great project! I live in Seattle too and have been enjoying all the coverage about the festivities at the fair. These are my favorite topics: publishing and books.

    1. Nice to know of you and your blog. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed this piece.

      Best wishes!

  4. Wow I so enjoyed reading this, thanks for sharing

  5. You are most welcome Gael. It is a pretty fascinating read. Thanks for your comment AND your tweet!

    Best wishes,

  6. Thanks for sharing this. I was 11 in 1962. :)

  7. I am really amused to read your article about the great city of Seattle, your article fascinate me and hope the reader. I am found of reading such kind of interesting articles especially historical and interesting. Thanks for sharing.


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