posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 06:44 PM
Personally, I see e-books in the same light as the invention of the printing press. The sudden access to information and entertainment has really got
the authorities worried, as ideas are being spread (or can be spread) around the world in an instant).
Printed books had become far too expensive (still are - between R100 and R200 for a new bestselling paperback) so as a child it was a very special day
when I was able to acquire another (used) Asimov or Douglas Adams for my collection.
Here is a link to leading South African stationery store so you can verify my statement for yourself:
As a speed-reader from a young age, I was frustrated the Municipal Libraries where I could only take 4 books a week (eventually I joined 3 separate
libraries, and used my parents library cards as well)
Of course if we don't want the books/knowledge to be changed, we can just print a personal copy. Personal printers and/or photocopy machines won't
help with costs, but lets face it - some books are priceless. Another option is to burn a cd or dvd backup now and again (and they can last a long
time if properly looked after).
Decentralization of all this knowledge is a good thing for humans - we can learn from the lessons of the destruction of the Library of Alexandria and
the deliberate destruction of Mayan and Aztec knowledge.
Edit to add:
The first thread that catches my eye after writing the above was Vatican and Oxford
University share ancient texts online
I love the synchronicity of the universe.
edit on 14/4/2012 by deltaalphanovember because: added link to another related ATS post - in short trying to be an intolerable