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If I buy a book today, I'll still be able to go back to it in five, ten, twenty years. I can take it off the shelf, go to the page in question, and acquire the information. It just works. With an eBook, the format is really tied to the times in which it was issued. The format will have evolved into something unrecognizable or disappeared altogether, and with it, the support to read it. It's not really an issue for crappy novels that are read-and-forgotten, but it is for one who prides himself in his library. Unlike music and video where advances in the medium resulted in an improvement of the content itself, the same can't truly be said of text. Yes, it is more convenient to have a stack of eBooks in one's pocket, but the words are the same whether they're printed or on an eInk display.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2012 on Books: Bits vs. Atoms at Coding Horror
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Apr 11, 2012