Joe Mckay wrote:I agree with Steve Bryant. Paper is the best technology ever invented.
With music - you have to play it on something. So it makes sense to trade in a record player for a cassette player. And then years later the cassette player for a CD player. And then trade in the CD player for an MP3 player and so on...
But with paper - the hardware and software are already combined in the same product.
Reading a book on a tablet just complicates the process and introduces a step which was not there before. You are separating the hardware from the software - and then recombining them at a later date.
As opposed to buying the material which is already combined (at the hardware/software level) and ready to go.
I think ebooks have their place - but I prefer to see them used for archiving material such that it makes it easier to organise and search.
I think it is useful that it makes it easier for unknowns to get tricks into print - since it meas the occasional gem makes get released which might otherwise be overlooked.
The downside is having to work through the avalanche of crap at the same time. Nevertheless - I think most experienced magicians can filter out the rubbish.
I agree--during a recent power failure, it sure was nice to be able to pull hard copies off the shelf to enjoy.
As energy prices invariably increase in the future, I sometimes wonder if some far in the future rationing will lead to a greater appreciation of paper once more. (Don't laugh--I still remember that horrible odd/even thing in California during the 1980's Oil crisis).