Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Will Amazon’s Kindle 2 Make Our Library Obsolete?

David Pauly writes:

Innovations always cause trouble. When writing was invented, some worried that it would destroy people’s memories -- which had been the only way stories and information were passed on for generations.

When the printing press made it possible for the masses to read books, institutions complained that their authority would be undermined by better-informed citizens.

Today, I’m worried that technology will make books obsolete -- not to mention newspapers and magazines.

Amazon.com Inc.’s new Kindle 2 lets you download and store 1,500 digital books. That’s very roughly the number of old- fashioned printed books we have in our library.

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