Originally posted by Richard Bibb:
... I fear the day when all we are left with is E Books and Videos ...
Jump back in time a few hundred years into the 15th century:
Monk Alfonso: "Kris, have you seen this new bible from this peasant Gutenberg? Look at that garbage. It is printed with a movable letter press, not written. I wonder how long that fad will last."
Monk Kris: "But consider the implications. One can now print many copies of the same book much cheaper and faster. More people will be able to read the bible and study the gospel."
Monk Alfonso: "I can't imagine ever reading a PRINTED book. See how beautiful our hand copies are? It's a pleasure for the eye. I just feel so warm and fuzzy when I open our hand colored and hand written bibles. And what is paper compared to parchment? Paper - ha! Will never succeed. Everybody can see that. It just feels ugly. Yikes!"
Monk Kris: "Alfonso, I think you can't see the benefits. Yes, a hand written book on parchment is a wonderful thing. But only kings can afford it. What about the commoner? Everybody should have access to knowledge. Printed paper books seem to me a fine thing in lowering production cost and increasing the number of books available."
History is repeating itself!
Jump forward a few hundred years to 25th century:
Aonzo: "Xiz, have you seen the latest brainwave-info-containers, short BICs? Some lunatic said they will replace our ebooks. What, is he crazy this guy? Nothing will replace our ebooks. I count more than 15 million Lybrary.com ebooks in my personal collection. I will never give that up for no brainwave thing."
Xiz: "Aonzo, I think you should first try these BICs before you come to conclusions. One great thing is that you don't even have to read these BICs anymore. They get uploaded into your brain instantly. It is almost like you have read for thousand of years but only spend a few minutes uploading a BIC."
Aonzo: "Yeah, right! Uploading?! I prefer searching in my ebooks. See, it is so easy. Type in your keyword hit search and here they are, all sentences in my 15 million ebooks with this keyword. It is such a pleasure to snuggle into my computer corner and open an old digital Erdnase and sip on my green tee. I love the glow of my monitor in the dark room. You can't have that with a BIC. What do you do with a BIC once it is in your brain? You can't put it on your shelf, can you? Look there - see the silver discs on the wall? These are all my ebooks neatly on silver discs in cases in a shelf. That's my library. I can step up to it open a jewel case, think of old times, plug it into the drive and enjoy it. BICs - give me a break."
Onwards ... as Jon would say.
preserving magic one book at a time.