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For all the fear of a cashless society why is there no fear of digital books?

The idea of living in a digital world w/ digital books means that information can be controlled and history can literally be re-written.




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don't you think history has been

rewritten since the days of parchment?

Or the fear of a weed-less

Or the fear of a weed-less society?

The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

- Calvin Coolidge

"Why ban books when you can

"Why ban books when you can simply convince the population to stop reading them?"

-SF

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.

I don't think there can be a valid "fear" comparisson between

digital currency and digital books, however, I do agree with your concern regarding the re-writing of history because I've already seen it being done with older movies that have been digitally remastered. Yes, the re-writing of history is a very valid concern.

good point and valid concern

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once the e book is on your hard drive it stays the same unless you delete it and re download it. E books are a lot cheaper, are a lot easier to organize, and you cant loose them. love my e books. Also it makes out of print books affordable. I dont think someone is going to try and change every book ever written just cause of an agenda. with site word being taught in schools (in my area) starting in 3rd grade they will not have to worry about what these children read when they grow up.

Lose, not loose.

Lose, not loose.

Southern Agrarian

thanks

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Not sure that applies to all e-Book devices...

How Amazon's remote deletion of e-books from the Kindle paves the way for book-banning's digital future.

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2009/07/...

I am equally afraid of them.

I am equally afraid of them. I've turned down nooks and kindles several times as gifts in favor of hard backs.

The other tragedy is the loss of 1st editions and older more obscure books from the 1800's and early 20th century. Many of these books are FIRST HAND accounts of life, economics, and politics when it was fresh in the author's mind, before contemporary authors came along and gave "their" version of it. Revisionist history is dangerous, and these primary source documents are the best way to fight it.

Whenever I get done with my library I am going to make a conscious effort to digitize some of my older books by typing them out on the computer.

Abebooks.com is a great place to start collecting and saving these valuable assets.

Southern Agrarian

Great point

Another one to consider
The license to your ebooks lasts only during the lifetime of the owner so they can't be passed on

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