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Is Paper Dead?

By November 23, 2012

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When asked about the "future of books, newspapers and other publications," Paul Hawkens said, "We won't lose rare books. I don't think we'll lose certain documents; libraries are keeping notes and speeches, keeping emails, and working on interesting ways to preserve digital information with technology that will make it readable for the long term."

What do you think about the future of books?


November 29, 2012 at 11:09 am
(1) Martin says:

The use of digital devices does have advantages, it takes up less space, and documents don’t suffer from any of the things that can happen as they age. As with news sites, as new information comes in it can be easily updated, but this ease of altering text does have a problem. I am not the only person who has seen unscrupulous sites change certain information to place them in a more favourable light. It is this ease with which history to a degree can be changed that is worrying.

It is rather ironic that the great thing about being able to update information, correct typos, etc., is also something that can be used in a detrimental way.

December 3, 2012 at 9:36 am
(2) Dokker says:

When I think of the libraries that have been destroyed over the centuries — Alexandria and Constantinople come to mind — I worry about a medium that can be destroyed globally by a nuclear blast. It’s more difficult to get all the hard copies of the <a ref="Great Books of the Western World" . Think of those who destroyed the great libraries of the past and of the anti-intellectual trouble-makers that now existing in our world wholly capable of destroying “the cloud”, my computers, etc. given the opportunity. Keep everything in hard and multiple copies. Further, I hate keeping notes on my e-reader; marginalia are far easier and accessible.

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