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M. T. Dremer says
M.T. - thanks for the comment,
I'm sure there are many who share your sentiment but I wonder about future generations growing-up with digital mindset. I have two in middle-school who are using laptops and have some textbooks on-line.
Thanks for you comment, that would be a worthy effort.
JJ Murray says
Thanks for the comment - the bookshelf industry needs books to survive.
Chitrangada Sharan says
Thanks for your comment. Libraries are already clearing the shelves of many books, especially reference material. I wonder where they all end-up?
Bernard J. Toulgoat says
Right, books may become collector's items (not just rare books) - modern printing allowed us to take books for granted but if there are less books, we may grow to appreciate them more - like people did back when printing was harder.
Thanks for the comment - as an Architect that worked on a couple of libraries, I can tell you that many are trying to get rid of lots off books.
I agree, they do need to be digitized but what about the physical book - what do we do with these?
Well, once digitized in a manner generations to come will still benefit from them we have no more use for them again. As I type these words now an idea just came in that we humans should find means of recording events that will survive for ages.
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Lisa HW says
Yes, the intent of the original question was: what else can we do with books - build a house?
Thanks for the comment - Google Books and some other on-line sources (Internet Archive) have been putting older (and sometimes hard to find) books on line at an amazing pace - but we will still have lots of books laying around.