[LMB] why we still need paper books

Ed Burkhead ed at edburkhead.com
Fri Sep 23 15:47:48 BST 2011

> HB> On Sat, 9/24/11, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
> HB> Are printed books analog?

Harimad answered:
> Yes.

I feel inclined to disagree.  This is my humble opinion.

Analog - adjective:  of or pertaining to a mechanism that represents data by
measurement of a continuous physical variable, as voltage or pressure.

The printed word is a digital recording medium which uses a different
encoding system, just not numeric.

An analog representation varies continuously.  A digital representation uses
discrete codes to represent values.

In example, English contains many continuous shades of meaning.  But, we
encode it in discrete words (codes).

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