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What good is “the book” in the coming future?

The Chronicle of Higher Ed (Ed’s such a nice guy… and tall, too) looks at the question of whether an argument can be made to save “the book” in the future. After examining the dream utopia of a wired world of siteless info, the article goes on:
Against all that, there are classic arguments in favor of the book. Consider four.
The epistemological argument: Books are the material evidence of what we know. They are knowledge, and through them we discover what we know and who we are.
The cautionary or monitory argument: In their function as record-keepers, books transform history into the present and the present into history. Books cause us to remember and to prevent future generations from forgetting or misunderstanding us and the long collective story of particulars.
The technological argument: No predigital means of transmission has been as effective as the codex. Books don’t need batteries. They’re cheap in the scheme of things, and remarkably permanent. They travel well. The so-called invention of distance education, in the mid-20th century, was preceded at least 1,500 years earlier by books sent long distances from one early Christian community to another.
The autobiographical argument: Little else can demonstrate as clearly as a shelf of books (or possibly a refrigerator) who we are or imagine ourselves to be. This last argument has been given less respect than it might. Great and fancy libraries astound us, but it’s the personal library where a scholar’s serious work begins. Lose the personal library, and we become less than we are.
Those are four good arguments. But they don’t make my case for books.
What does? WHAT DOES??? Read on, dear minion. Read on.

"I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter."
Blaise Pascal

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