I can't help but ponder what this future means for countries with little or no publishing industry. To give you some perspective, here is a a collection of papers on the
Book Chain in Anglophon Africa.pdf. I happened upon this paper while taking a look at the book market in Sierra Leone. Below is a picture of one of the friends I made while strolling the streets of Freetown. He sells books on Garrison street with a number of other book vendors. The books available on the street are photocopied versions of books (presumably from the library a block away) or discarded books from the library or NGOs. Outside of Freetown, these sorts of book markets don't exist.