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Does an upsized IKEA bookshelf spell doom for print publishing?

IKEA’s BILLY bookcase, as ubiquitous a presence in undergrads’ apartments as ramen noodles, has now become, to some pundits, at least, a symbol for the decline of print publishing.

According to The Economist, the upcoming launch of a larger BILLY model means the Swedish furniture giant believes “customers will increasingly use them for ornaments, tchotchkes and the odd coffee-table tome – anything, that is, except books that are actually read.” In response, Time Magazine declared IKEA “more than wise to keep up with buyers’ trends,” especially as “the demise of paperbacks is increasingly imminent.” Technology website TechCrunch called the update an “alarming style change.” But The Toronto Star spoke to an IKEA Canada representative who says, “This design update is quite simply to accommodate a wider selection of books.”

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    A better question to ask is this one: Why is the Q&Q Blog designed in such a way that no one wants to leave any comments?

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Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Eva Stachniak poses with a copy of her book, Empress of the Night

Tea and snacks inspired by Eva Stachniak's Empress of the Night

Rimma Burashko with author Eva Stachniak

Eva Stachniak talks to the audience about the best and worst of Catherine the Great's favourites

Eva Stachniak smiles as she signs a copy of Empress of the Night for a fan

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Fans wait in line to have their copies of Empress of the Night signed by Eva Stachniak

Lesley Strutt, Dean Steadman, Amanda Earl, Alastair Larwill and Frances Boyle

Frances Boyle, Dean Steadman, Lesley Strutt and Alastair Larwill

Amanda Earl

Jewel of the Thames launch

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