[LMB] OT: why we still need paper books

Paula Lieberman paal at gis.net
Wed Sep 28 15:38:21 BST 2011

Print is quantized, not digitized.  It uses a set of "discrete" letter when 
printed, writing is somewhat on the analog side because the letters in words 
the "line" in continuous....

Encoding can be quantized, continously varying (think tone of voice..)  or 
"mixed signal" which is a mix of analog and discrete.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Ed Burkhead
Sent: Friday, September 23, 2011 10:47 AM
To: 'Discussion of the works of Lois McMaster Bujold.'
Subject: Re: [LMB] why we still need paper books

> 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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