A recent Wired article wrote that the future of books is the magazine type subscription model of Netflix citing organizations like Rooster and Scribd. What everyone seems to be ignoring is that this is the past model, an old publication style. Dickens sold his books piecemeal by subscription (that's the reason for a climax every chapter or so) and Benjamin Franklin ran a subscription library much like the public library model of today, a Kickstarter library in a way where members paid a fee and that fee went toward books and services.
So are we in some kind of digital backwards slide where only the wealthy can find books? With news like that from Louisiana coming, maybe so. Hate to be a downer, but here we are, folks. Here we are.