[LMB] why we still need paper books
harimad2001 at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 23 14:17:26 BST 2011
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]
H> Harimad said:
H> I just meant that if you have the printed book in your
H> hands, you can perceive and duplicate the text. This
H> is not true of other media, especially digital.
HB> On Sat, 9/24/11, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
HB> Are printed books analog?
HB> If we know the language in the book, we can understand
HB> it whether it is on books or some other medium. If we
HB> have an easy to copy book in a digital format (not just
HB> photocopies which degrade), we can keep it with whatever
HB> medium we want.
My point remains: if you have a physical text - clay, scroll, book - you can access the writing. Other media, especially digital - floppy, hard drive, miniaturized - you need an intermediary step before you can even see what the text is. For digital media this includes the software/format, accessible media, and uncorrupted files.
Once you can access the text, then you deal with the issue of whether you can understand it. But there's no problem accessing the text with a physical medium.
 This can be one issue or two.
 Such as the 8" floppy, a reader of that size, a computer that can utilize that reader.
 As any teacher or writer can tell you, even well-maintained computer can eat papers; they all can get viruses, they can be translated badly from old program to new (I lost most of my college work that way), and so on.
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