The LazerBook is Basex’ foray into the future of book publishing and distribution and was conceptualized by Jonathan Spira. It does, of course, not exist today, and probably will not be practical for some time.
However, in carefully analyzing the direction that the book publishing industry must take, it has become apparent to us that the prediction that “books will disappear” is ill-advised. Most notably, pundits have predicted that books, as we now know them, will be replaced by will be replaced by electronic tablets, perhaps similar to screens on a laptop computer. Sony, in fact, tried this approach with its ill-fated Bookman product, introduced in 1991. In our view, customers were predictably slow to turn to a pocket television-screen-sized device for their reading pleasure.