[LMB] why we still need paper books

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Tue Sep 20 22:29:24 BST 2011

There -are- solutions for those sorts of things, though
a)  Sometime in the past, the number of houses in the USA with TV sets, got 
higher than the number of houses in the USA with indoor plumbing!  They were 
getting the electricity for the TV sets -somehow- and affording the 
TVs -somehow-.
b) There are on the other hand software engineers who grew up hunting deer, 
moose, squirrels, sand other mammals for meat, I knew some of them....
c) There are ways to get computers without having to pay for the computers, 
for accepting non-paying subscriptions services that include commercials and 
advertisements. Also, the "One World Computer" was designed deliberately to 
be inexpensive, and for people whose literacy level was poor.  There is the 
model of printers and razors, where the profit margins for the printers and 
razors are not important, because the manufacturers make their revenue 
stream on razer blades and ink--see "subsidized by advertisers" above, which 
is the also the model for how broadcast TV operates, the advertisers foot 
the bills involved.
d) As someone else noted, there are computers/computing devices/tablets/etc. 
designed for being abused by children.
e) It's better I feel to have an application on a low end inexpensive device 
which does reading aloud to children, than depend for "literacy" upon 
parents who themselves are illiterate and/or don't read to their children at 
all, for childhood education assistance.    I was a "spontaneous reader" who 
picked up reading as I sat in my mother's lap, my sister, who's older than 
I, had a set of alphabet blocks that she would play with me and read the 
alphabet off the letter blocks to me and having me say with her, when I was 
2 or 3, and and once day as I sat in my mother's lap the word made of 
letters which begam with the letter a, and what my mother was saying 
(reading) to me suddenly gelled, I recognized the individual letters and 
that the letters together in patterrns forms the words she was reading, and 
I;'ve been reading every since (I was  3 at the time..)
-----Original Message----- 
From: A. Marina Fournier
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 4:13 AM
To: Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.
Subject: Re: [LMB] why we still need paper books

On Sep 17, 2011, at 3:44 PM, Meg Justus wrote:
> http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/390067.html

I think a lot of people who tout e-books as making paper books non-essential 
or luxury items forget, or are unaware of, the growing number of people for 
whom even access to electricity and plumbed water is just a dream. In the 
US, many areas of many reservations are too remote for electricity, any form 
of telephone, and plumbed clean water for household use may also be 
unavailable.  Heck, there are areas in the Santa Cruz mountains who can 
neither get cable nor satellite TV due to accessibility issues, many are on 
wells or with tiny water companies, and sometimes even getting electricity 
during/after storms is difficult, and these are folks that I know. After the 
1989 Loma Prieta eq, many mountain dwellers were without electricity for 
over a year, and access to wells made Interesting.

Some software engineers have no grasp on the reality of the folks who clean 
the offices in which they work, or those who can barely keep body & soul 
together, as the saying goes. Many of them have never been poor, nor have 
they interacted much, if at all, with folk that are poor, during any time of 
their lives.

Not that I am picking on software engineers, because there are other people 
behind ebooks and internet access who seem to have the same blind spots, or 
worse, completely write off any non-potential-customers as not worth 

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