Just finished reading Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy and it had been a long time since I’d read them. The pages of the $1.95 paperbacks were pretty yellow with age, but the bindings were still in good shape so no issues there; made me think about E-Books again, however. Obviously, E-Books won’t yellow with age, but will the readers we use thirty years from now still read our older files, or will the E-Books we purchase today go the way of cassette and VHS tapes? One would assume files could be converted or the readers made backward compatible, but physical books can last along time, particularly the higher quality ones. Our byte based medium unfortunately doesn’t have as strong a track record of longevity. Anyway, just some food for thought as we contemplate paper versus bytes.
Posted in: Archives, What We're ReadingPublished: December 4, 2009