I love Books
by: Sheldon Townsend
(An aside: I also love books as in holding, reading, smelling, and devouring their contents. And I love seeing my name on them. This is partially why I've resisted going to eBooks. That and most of the books I read aren't available as eBooks, so far.)
Now we have the Internet, which has taken the democratization of information a step further. Open your laptop or your smart phone and you can find information on just about anything. The wonderful thing about the internet is that almost anyone can put almost anything on it without the government's, the editors' of the New York Times and the Washington Post, or Roger Ailes' approval. The horrible thing about the internet is that almost anyone can put almost anything on it regardless of taste, common sense, or anyone's community standards. And accuracy.
Now books are going electronic. This is great. I only have one problem with this: permanence. Bits on a hard drive or flash memory are remarkably vulnerable to data loss and require all sorts of infrastructure to power them (to charge your iPhone battery there is a multi-billion dollar power plant and transmission system that we all take for granted). If a civilization-killing comet hits our planet, the survivors will be looking for paper books, not electronics they can't power. The other problem with digital media (which is being solved, it seems, by so-called "cloud" storage), is I have lots of 5 ¼ inch "mini" floppy discs that have who-knows-what on them because I have nothing to read them. Will current technology be readable in the future when your computer interface is a contact lens you wear?
So, we still need paper books to keep memory permanent. And we can use the Internet and electronic devices to spread the data around as quickly and efficiently as possible.
And that's why I love books (and the Internet)!
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