Tuesday, February 21, 2012

E-books Can’t Burn

E-books Can’t Burn, article.
At the university where I work, certain professors, old and young, will react with disapproval at the notion that one is reading poetry on a Kindle. It is sacrilege.
[...] Add to that the e-book’s ease of transport, its international vocation (could the Iron Curtain have kept out e-books?), its indestructibility (you can’t burn e-books), its promise that all books will be able to remain forever in print and what is more available at reasonable prices, and it becomes harder and harder to see why the literati are not giving the phenomenon a more generous welcome.

It's yet more proof that even the most intelligent people are often unable to distinguish when emotions are ruling their judgment. If you remove the thought from a paper book, all you have left is dead wood. But still for many people, the precious content is inseparable from the paper it was printed on.


Stephen A said...

They can, but the effects are self-limiting

But seriously, this is just the Douglas Adams Dictum:
1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;

2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;

3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yes, that's an excellent "Douglas".
Although 30 seems awfully to to turn that rigid. I'm in my forties, and as evidenced, I'm awfully excited about ereaders for example.
(And if I hadn't already been so lucky as to get a god career from the web itself, I'd be thinking hard about how to get one from ereaders. In fact sometimes I've thought about it anyway.)

Seriously, thirty? Then people are worse off then I thought.