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Its nice to hear/read reference to the technology of paper and books. One of the newest growth industries is digitizing thousands, okay, millions of square yards of medical records is big business. Ogilvy (one of the big-old gray matter Madison Avenue ad companies) opened a department that services and markets your medical records— digitally—on your iPhone.
In a delightful meeting with Elizabeth H. Dow, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University the subject of digitizing information and its impact on stacks (those buckling shelves in libraries that contain books.) Elizabeth is on the cutting edge of making print information electronic, she made the curriculum, and in a spirited cry said "but don't destroy the books!"
There are experiential and practical reasons for storing the original manuscripts, records and books. On a practical level, to date there is still no stable electronic media. Further, even the most stable may not have a retrieval system in a few years. Think of floppy disks, Syquests and Zip drives. If you don't have the driver to read your disc (or the original manuscript) your "records" are toast (gone).
On the warm and fuzzy level, reading from paper is delightful and serves a different set of emotions than reading from digital media:
So, please, don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Keep reading, looking at and enjoying books.