[LMB] why we still need paper books

Paula Lieberman 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....

-----Original Message----- 
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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