On her fascinating TLS blog A Don's Life she tells how at a recent party for her publisher, she consulted an oracle about the 'future of the book [print version]' in the face of the Kindle revolution. Her method was bibliomancy which involves asking a question and then opening a book blindly and selecting a passage at random for the occult answer. Mary practised the Ancient Roman form of this divination, sortes Virgilianae, which uses the text of Virgil as oracle.
Actually, the commonest book to use is the Bible. Now, let's see. I'll ask the question: 'Will Engelbert Humperdink win Eurovision?' I open the Bible randomly and (without looking down down on the page) select Ezekiel Ch 33 verse 32 (I swear I'm not making this up): this reads: 'And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.' Mmm, I think that's a definite No.
And what was the answer to Mary Beard's question, about the future of print books? You'll have to read her blog - click here.
If you fancy trying bibliomancy for yourself, click here.