[LMB] why we still need paper books

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Fri Sep 23 13:55:05 BST 2011

On Sep 22, 2011, at 9:26 PM, Harimad wrote:

> H> Harimad said:
> H> Print has never been inaccessible.
> EH> On Thu, 9/22/11, Elizabeth Holden <azurite at rogers.com> wrote:
> EH> It takes longer to become inaccessible.  But history is
> EH> full of lost and forgotten human languages [...]  But how
> EH> many books do we have still existing, intact and readable,
> EH> after two hundred years?  [more snipped]
> I just meant that if you have the printed book in your hands, you can perceive and duplicate the text.  This is not true of other media, especially digital.
> - Harimad

Are printed books analog?

If we know the language in the book, we can understand it whether it is on books or some other medium.     If we have an easy to copy book in a digital format (not just photocopies which degrade), we can keep it with whatever medium we want.

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