[LMB] why we still need paper books

Walter Bushell proto at panix.com
Thu Sep 22 02:25:44 BST 2011

On Sep 20, 2011, at 12:35 PM, Harimad wrote:

> PM> --- On Wed, 9/21/11, Pat Mathews <mathews55 at msn.com> wrote:
> PM> And of course, there is always the matter of incompatible
> PM> formats. I have 78 books on my clunky old Sony Reader,
> PM> almost all of them DRM'd since Sony hooked up with Adobe
> PM> Reader. There is very little way to get them on my Kindle
> PM> from there, even through "My ebooks" on my desktop. My
> PM> financial program is in the same shape. [...] So, no, we'd
> PM> be fools to write off print too soon, and this is far too
> PM> soon in my estimation. 
> A common problem with every attempt to move records/books/etc from paper.  There's a long trail of digital media that is now hard or impossible to access because either the media have deteriorated or the readers are no longer available.  Programming languages, tape, microfiche, microfilm, Wordstar, ...  Print has never been inaccessible.

But I have a lot of books that have simply disintegrated.

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