I had written about how ebooks are great but not so great kind of story before, and the message of the day for this day is something of the same. Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Apple are successfully converting their users to ebook market. Great, Britain’s largest bookseller, Waterstone, is too throwing their hat into the ring, because the folks from this bookseller intend to produce even better e-reader than Amazon Kindle to scoop up ebook marketshare. So many users and companies are converting to ebooks, which is great but not so great if we all eventually have only ebooks.
Ebooks are of digital form, and such cannot outlast the physical form, because data tend to corrupt or easily be tampered with and then become corrupting. When digital form goes poof, all we have left will be nothing. Yes, these huge booksellers are going to use the cloud technology (i.e., data redundancy implementation) to ensure their ebooks aren’t disappearing off of their clouds. Nonetheless, the truth is that digital form will always be more volatile and flimsy and less durable than physical form. How can we be sure truly that most ebooks will last forever (albeit, even the truth cannot last forever)?
I think humans should have more than one library solely to retain physical form of all ebooks and physical books that had ever and will be published/printed. This ensures us that somedays, even for the strangest reasons, there will always be physical books to let wonderful papers turn those curious eyes. Perhaps, physical books will not be able to withstand fire and disasters and wars, but I do think that data redundancy is so important in a way that retaining physical form of the ebooks is another form of data redundant measurement (i.e., speaking of making sure books will last much longer than otherwise).
I know this is blah blah blah post, but I think it has a message that we all should heed, because the lost of ebooks in a poof is sort of like book burning in the pasts.