[LMB] why we still need paper books
paal at gis.net
Tue Sep 20 22:50:25 BST 2011
The hard and slow way, however, there are copyright abusers who routinely
scanned and uploaded the text of entire printed books, scanning page after
page after page....
Take the Sony, put it on a scanner, or take a digital image, and take a
picture of each page. Use optical character recognition/reading, if you;re
picky (otherwise keep the images as images...). Save the file... you now
have the book electronically in a non-DRM form....
From: Pat Mathews
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 11:48 AM
To: Bujold List
Subject: Re: [LMB] why we still need paper books
One thought. You said "barring economic collapse or depression." That's
what's going on right now, in slow motion. Don't believe the official
pronouncements about "the recession was over in 2009" - their measuring
stick, while useful 40 years ago, is now measuring a highly skewed "economic
growth" taking place in one particular sector - executive pay. Poverty on
the street level is growing, and access to books will become more and more
important as the economic crisis wears on.
And of course, there is always the matter of incompatible formats. I have 78
books on my clunky old Sony Reader, almost all of them DRM'd since Sony
hooked up with Adobe Reader. There is very little way to get them on my
Kindle from there, even through "My ebooks" on my desktop. My financial
program is in the same shape.
So, no, we'd be fools to write off print too soon, and this is far too soon
in my estimation.
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