This season Amazon sold more e-books for the Kindle than paper books. Couple that stat with magazine publishers announcing an upcoming mag tablet and you're headed to a paper-free home. What happens to interior design after bookshelves are obsolete?
While there will always be coffee table books and classics people insist on owning in the pulp, many home libraries are sure to dwindle as we continue our move from a paper-based culture to a digital one.
So what happens to all those nooks within a house that are perfect for a bookcase or a stack of shelves? Will architecture and interior design change as we begin to no longer require holding space for our Margaret Atwood collection? Will social networking sites play the role of library, with synched Kindle and iTunes lists, so your friends can peruse your digital shelves?
Come to think of it, we don't remember seeing many movies set in the future that have books lying around on their sets. There's always the kook who insists on living like it's the 1800s when it's really 2200 (we're looking at you Ian Holm) but that freak's apartment is the only place you'll find a dusty library in the distant future.
Check out the gallery below to see how a few scifi movies solved the book problem.
In Minority Report, all that extra space gave way for many a holographic projector. How many beams of imagery do you see?
In the 1976 cult classic, Logan's Run, the lack of paper goods allowed for the opportunity to build the ultimate bachelor pad — rather than a reading nook, you now have room for a circuit transporter!
And well, Bruce Willis in The Fifth Element (set in 2263) proved that if you get rid of books you have much more room to hide your automatic weapons.
Both Total Recall (set in 2084) and Gattaca feature small, and we mean small, collections of books in their characters' homes. A hint to what's to come?
Book-free room in Gattaca.
If we truly do get rid of all bounded copies, we can all do as British stylist and interior designer, Abigail Ahern has done and keep the library aesthetic with a touch of wallpaper. Image via DesignSponge