A future where books have gone extinct? This short film paints a picture of what is surely a terrifying dystopia for most readers of this blog–yet it somehow does it in a thoroughly charming manner. The monster behind the horror? Well, you can probably guess…

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


6 Thoughts on "The Last Bookshop"

The bookstore is in Tunbridge Wells, my old home town. It probably has more bookstores than Washington DC with 10-15% of the population….

Are you sure that only “G-amaZon-e” is the monster? Certainly the intended message of the film suggests this. But all book publishers, even in the age of print, have never cared much for libraries or people who lend their books out to family or friends. And they totally despise second-hand book shops. If I purchase a book, whether in print or in electronic format, is that book not mine to do with as a please? But tell me, is there ANY commercial publisher of e-books today that is going to allow the existence of a secondary market of reselling/reuse to spring up?

This was posted awhile back…but is just as interesting/enjoyable the second time around.

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