The future of the Novel. I had an interesting discussion about the future of the Novel. This was the result of a discussion regarding my recent blog post on what books were on my Kindle. My friend asked me if I thought books would continue given the short attention spans of young people these days and their need to multi task. At first, I said yes. Because most forms of media have lasted even though new forms have come along. But then I realized that was saying that books would continue albeit in electric form but like TV’s effect on radio, the type of content would change. For those of my generation and maybe even the generation of my children (now entering mid life), we enjoy giving up control of our minds and emotions to a write or a director of a movie. But this pretty much only possible in a linear medium. Novels take a lot of work to read because they ask for us to pay attention and to use our imagination to bring to life in our minds what the words on the page our saying. Maybe a generation that has grown up with the Internet will not learn the disciple to read through a 300 page novel. I pass no value judgment in this.