hey dude, where’s my Digital Book?

3 06 2007

it’s time for books to go digital.

put the complete text online, for free.  All books.

But no-one will buy my book!  I’ll starve!

Nonsense.  People buy books, and always will.  It’s the most convenient place to read.  Nothing beats the convenience of a paperback or the beauty of a quality hardback.  Books will always be read as they are, in the physical form.

So why put in online?

For the sake of knowledge.  A recommendation from a friend, just browsing for something new.  Complete the archives of knowledge.  Google has a book scanning project underway, but only snippets of text are available.  Set it free.

No-one reads 300 pages off the screen. (try for yourself at Project Gutenberg and their classic texts).  It’s too painful.

Set the knowledge free, and a new renaissance will bloom.

ggw

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2 responses

3 06 2007
whig

Not to mention all music, film, scientific papers and journals, and all human knowledge that may be gathered here on a library of humanity.

5 06 2007
newhoosier

whig,
I wholeheartedly believe all academic journals should be 100% free and available to all. Excellent point.

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