We might think that books, like back pain, death and taxes will always be around. In some form I think they will - God knows it feels like I'm breaking my back to pay taxes until the day I die!
Margaret Atwood discussing the complexities of the evolving digital publishing world today, had this to say at The O’Reilly “Tools of Change” conference recently.
“It doesn’t have to be a book,” she said. “There have been a lot of publishing tools. Yelling is one of them.”
Atwood is apparently not against technology, she points out that every technology is a tool and every tool has three sides –a sharp side, a dull side and a stupid side.
“You can use a hammer to build a house for a homeless person or you can use it to kill your neighbor." she said, "The stupid side would be hitting your finger with the hammer.”
Pointing out books’ drawbacks, Atwood said that they are heavy, get wet in the bathtub and they make good kindling.
eBooks on the other hand risk their demise at the hands of a big solar flare. Also, she said that if the technology changes, you are stuck with it. Think floppy discs.
“One good thing about paper is when the lights go out, you can still read a paper book with a candle.”
Well I for one agree with her - even in an age of miraculous technologies, there will always be something magical about reading ink on paper by the flicker of a candle flame.
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