[ #eBooks vs. #Hardback ]

[ #eBooks vs. #Hardback ]

So, I’m gonna be absurdly old fashioned, I suppose, but I’m going to put forth some thinking here. While I do appreciate that the eBook exists, I can’t help but wonder if 100 years from now (or less) we won’t regret being so digital. I mean, think about it… in my library I have books (hardback covers) that are over 50 and even 100 years old. Because these books were made in hardcopy, they’ve been preserved.

In 50 years, how are eBooks from today going to be preserved? Surely technology will have changed, advanced, standards changed. Therefore, you can expect different formats, different ways of viewing eBooks. Will we have to own a device from today to read books from now tomorrow? And if so, do we really think batteries for Kindles, iPads, Nooks and other devices are going to hold up 50 years down the road? Because the batteries will inevitably change as well.

I just can’t help but wonder if we’re going to destroy the preservation of history and great works, by putting everything in a cloud that some day won’t exist–because it will be replaced by something better.

Maybe I’ve just been writing too much science fiction of late, but it really makes me wonder.

By the way, two of my favorite old books are a second edition of Wuthering Heights and a book on Psychoanalysis from 1929 that is ridiculously creepy to read.

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  1. Maybe… I guess that means so much stake lies on us now (if we self-publish). And publishers only ever republish the classics and best-sellers, so don’t expect all of it to be preserved. I guess that’s where I’m looking at it. There are so many indie writers out there, and upstarts (like myself), and I want my son to have a copy of my works when he’s older. I certainly don’t want works to be lost.

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  2. I really love paperback myself. Though, I recognize hardbacks last a lot longer. When I was a kid my brothers and I read books and comic books from the 50s and 60s, they were my dad’s stuff from when he was a kid. I’d hate to see that experience go away.

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  3. I have a nice 46 inch LCD Hi Def television in my living room. Yet I can still watch kinescopes made in the 1920s and intended to be played on hand-cranked nickelodeon machines. New technology tends to be backwards compatible with old technology. I regularly DVR “Get Smart” episodes (my all time favorite TV show) on MeTV on Sunday nights. It’s all good. So no, I don’t think eBooks are in danger of being inaccessible in the future.


    That being said, I also vastly prefer real paper print books. But I like paperbacks; easier to store, easier to hold in bed or on the toilet, and easier to stuff in a briefcase as you head for an airplane on a business trip. If it isn’t printed on paper, I have trouble calling it a “book” at all.

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