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Why Books Will Survive

But the death of paper has been predicted for decades now. Bill Powers, media critic for the National Journal, believes that paper isn’t just an old habit, but rather an advanced technology that is nearly impossible to improve upon.[Why Books Will Survive].

I certainly hope that books will survive. There is something unique, something ancient, about books. There are few pleasures as enjoyable as escaping with your favorite book to a secret place, opening the covering and reading.

Of course, most people prefer to read books that excite their imagination. Unfortunately, few technical books fire the imagination in this way. Still, technical books provide a pleasure of their own, especially those that rest near our desk, silent sentinels patiently awaiting our next inquiry. These technical books become references – close friends – that we turn to in need.

I have yet to write the first type of book, i.e., a non-technical book – tho it’s in the works. But I have co-authored two technical books, the latest of which has just been released by Elsevier. It’s not for everyone, but those folks involved in RF design may find it useful [RF Design]

RF Design

One Response to “Why Books Will Survive”

  1. John Blyler Says:

    Below is an interest thought on the fate of all books from a website called, “The Lost Magazine” http://www.lostmag.com/index.php — JB

    THIRTY YEARS
    The Printed Book

    We could well lose the printed book. In perhaps 30 years. Except as a specialty item. Thereafter, we may well lose it entirely. Which does not (yet) mean the printed word, of course. But the glue-and-paper book, as opposed to the electronic book, is probably a goner. I expect, the pressure will be threefold: 1) increasing convenience/technological ease of the e-book, 2) business pragmatism with respect to print-on-demand or more targeted relationships with readers (so as to avoid massive returns, etc.), and 3) environmental pressure. The paper wasted in all those pulped overprinted books is indefensible.

    So: we would solve a lot of problems by eliminating the book. Other industries have pushed back against paper for some of these very reasons. But it would break my heart, and the hearts of many, many people (I assume) for the love of holding these things, the love of reading them, the love of treasuring them and going back to them. — Rick Moody

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