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June 27, 2010

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A depressing and prescient post.

I'm going to keep my word hoard.

I dont feel comfortable with Kindles, but who knows, look at how comfortable a computer is. I am use to the screen and am on it atleast an hour out of the day. There will be much further advances than the present kindle system so I guess it is something to look forward to. Look at all the trees that are going to be saved. But I like to pick up a book. I like the feel of it in my hands. I love to pick up a los angeles times sunday edition and flip through it. I suppose that it is going to take some time until we lose the book and newspaper, so I can enjoy them for a few more years to come.

It is my hope that there will always be an old-fashioned kind of book with pictures and lovely pages to turn. It reminds me of keeping fire places and merry-go-rounds. We don't really need fire places any more but we like them.

I suppose the upside of all this is that we might save some trees, but I could be wrong. I will miss my books, but then I would miss my computer terribly, and I've become accustomed to email and all the other wonderful changes due to technology...

Thanks for all the comments. When I wrote the post, I was in a grieving mood about the situation, and Eric heard that. I also like my computer and am not adverse to technology and web publishing, though I don't see how plastic products and batteries are more "green" than paper. I think the next ten years that will produce new business and public policy models. I hope that writers, editors, publishers, retailers and library leaders (ALA, for instance)will get involved in the changeover which is now pretty solely driven by computer and software companies, with us following along.

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