Tech entrepreneurs have suggested using AI to convert books into animated and more engaging versions, but the book industry is skeptical. Readers still enjoy traditional books and are engaged with plain old words on a page.
The idea of AI-animated books fails to recognize the enduring appeal of reading stories in their traditional format. It reflects a lack of understanding of what readers truly enjoy about reading.
Similarly, chat-based storytelling, where readers can chat with fictional characters, overlooks the immersive experience of authored narratives that readers cherish.
The tech world often believes it understands readers' desires better than the readers themselves. However, readers still enjoy the magic of plain old words on a page and the immersive experience of authored narratives.
Tech's misunderstanding of the appeal of fanfiction, fantasy, and fairy tales is evident. Fandom role-playing and reader-insert stories have existed for decades, but they are still fundamentally written narratives.
The desire to chat with fictional characters or animate every book reflects a lack of understanding of the enduring popularity of traditional storytelling formats.
Despite the promises of tech entrepreneurs, the book industry remains largely unaffected by disruptive technologies.
Print book sales have seen a boom during the pandemic, and even as restrictions lifted, they remain higher than pre-pandemic levels. This highlights the enduring appeal of traditional reading.
Audio book sales continue to increase year over year, showcasing the enduring popularity of traditional storytelling formats.
The book industry recognizes that while AI may have a role to play in certain areas, it won't disrupt the fundamental act of reading and the magic of storytelling.