blinddog3d wrote:But the illustrations are so much better in vector maps!
Books on paper are as outdated as cassette and 8-track tapes! Tree killers needing to feed their own egos that something must die so they can have it forever. They collect dust and make you lick your fingers to turn the pages.
If ink goes on paper, it needs to be Japanese Kanji in haiku calligraphy. Get a Kindle, save a tree. It's the 21st century, Electronic is Eco. Fossill Fuel is already dead.
If you lick your fingers to turn book pages, you're just disgusting. Most people can handle that without such an action.
I am all for kindles as A FORM of reading. Make it the way crap like James Patterson and Stephanie Meyer get published, so we can cut back on use of trees (though, even better, we could stop publishing them at all). Use it to lower the price of those massive textbooks kids need to buy for hundreds of dollars and then never use after class ends. But for most people who actually get a real passion out of literature, part of that is the interaction, the lendability, the experience of the book, the hunt for the perfect title. Oh, and the fact that if you happened to, I don't know, have a book stolen, you wouldn't potentially lose your whole library. But if kindles "kill" books, I will read older books from used stores. I will seek out self-publishers who still care about the medium (a book is just as much art as any other art). The kindle is more than anything a tool of overconsumption. It will signal the death of the small publisher and the independent author before it ever signals the death of print.
Not that I love this tee (I find the unreadability of the text particularly ironic given the topic of the design), but the message is sound. A library is an investment, yes. So is a yacht. I know which one is a more meaningful investment.
Incidentally, since jas brought it up, if you are a bookish person and haven't browsed bookmooch.com, I'd recommend it. It's sometimes hard to find the titles you're looking for (which you all know if you've ever walked into a used book store), but if you have titles lying around that you don't mind not selling off or giving away, it could be worthwhile to look into their swap model, much as it would be worthwhile to current users to have a large new library to access (though I would warn anyone who considers it not to post a whole library: people can be damn quick to jump on new books, and listing too many at once could lead to a very expensive trip to the post office).