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  •  This might be a little hard to read (0+ / 0-)

    for some of you, but knowledge is not lost unless it's destroyed and forgotten.
    Switching from tablet to papyrus and then individual collections of handwritten books and then onto mass printing is the product of man's knowledge growing. The natural step for today's generation is accessing digitized books online.

    First reaction to this is: "We'd lose everything if the 'net goes down!"
    Realize that we lost it all when Julius Caesar set the Library at Alex alight ... except that we didn't, because there were copies of many scrolls and books in temples, monasteries and learning centers around the Mediterranean ... just like if the net went down, all the servers containing the data wouldn't be destroyed, they'd be dotted around and eventually accessible.

    I suggest serious people organize libraries themselves in digital forms and keep dozens of copies around the world in different places, just like the original libraries were set up for.

    Don't mourn physical books because the Kindle replaces the lives of millions of trees, your connection to books is emotional, passionate, but momentary in the history of man.

    Finally, Jindal and his ilk are book burners, censors and destroyers, so in the meantime I don't blame anyone reacting to the cuts, because he is only interested in the value of mass produced $ bills not in the preservation of jobs or the knowledge librarians safeguard for the future.

    Republicans make America feel like the scariest place on Earth from the inside, and look bat-shit crazy from the outside.

    by UniC on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:14:06 AM PST

    •  When they start globally giving away kindles (6+ / 0-)

      and "content", you may be on to something.

      I agree there is a technological shift underway, but closing libraries now isn't a part of that.



      Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

      by chuckvw on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:31:01 AM PST

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      •  The reality I was describing was online access (1+ / 0-)
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        to the content. The Kindle comment was more to do with highlighting inevitable changes in content delivery.

        The real problem I didn't mention is that the practicalities of content preservation will come down to © and author's estates refusal to co-operate without enumeration ... and of course, the sheer difficulty without publishers being on board to share digital copies - The project relies on the belief that importance of libraries comes above those determined to oppose the idea.

        Republicans make America feel like the scariest place on Earth from the inside, and look bat-shit crazy from the outside.

        by UniC on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 11:56:04 AM PST

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    •  Ever try to lend your Kindle book to someone? (0+ / 0-)

      With few exceptions you can't.  In fact you really don't own anything but the right to read the book for as long as Amazon wants to allow you to.   You can't leave the books you "bought" to your children.  You can't sell or give them to someone else when you are done with them.  They are just on loan to you and yet you paid almost as much for them as if you had bought the hard copy.

      The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones! - John Maynard Keynes

      by Do Something on Sat Nov 17, 2012 at 03:06:38 PM PST

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