Richard Nash: Book Publishing 10 Years in the Future - mediabistro.com: GalleyCat. Will mechanically produced paper publications completely disappear in ten years? This largely negative view of the future of news and book publishing seems to think so. While it is clear that all publishing is moving to the web and the mobile web at that, I think there will always be a place for books and newspapers. I pay monthly or annual subscription fees to my local newspapers to read them online, even though I could get the content for free. Digital publishing is moving to actual usable replicas of the papers that can be viewed and page through on a digital screen. Admittedly, many newspapers and other publications are finding less money on the web. However, this post is about survival. The success of ebook publishing, however, and the slowness of the law book publishing market to take advantage of it, may spell doom for some of the legal publishers. I have long had the opinion that a law library on a mobile device, in electronic form, that could be updated daily or weekly online, would be a boon for practicing lawyers. So, law publishers, where are the ebooks?