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2012-12-08 07:12:24 PM  
2 votes:

Generation_D: phaseolus: Generation_D: Once everything is digitized

So ... when's that gonna be?

Already well under way. You've not seen google books, or the library of congress online?

So ... I'd be tied to my desk if I wanted to read something, then, or be forced to spend money I don't have on a reader or a tablet? And forced to pay for a lot of content I can borrow from my library for free?

And people who can't afford internet access would be SOL?
2012-12-08 03:22:52 PM  
2 votes:
Shut the fark up I'm trying to read here!

/there's some weird stereotype about libraries being quiet
//no more true than the notion that nurses are pretty
2012-12-08 03:20:04 PM  
2 votes:
Turn off your goddamn cell phones.  There are signs on all the doors, including those in the courtyard area.
2012-12-10 12:51:13 AM  
1 vote:

Make More Hinjews: That being said, your points about the economics of reading are well-taken. I would caution that, even if all existing books were digitized and made free today (and the old copies preserved in paperback), it would probably take CENTURIES for books to become as rare as vinyl. A few reasons:

a) Thousands more years of habit.

b) Extraordinarily broad dispersal.

c) Failsafeness in an age of uncertain energy reserves and imperfect infrastructure.

d) INTENSE nostalgia.

e) Undeniable underground appeal, especially for political and social reasons (there's that tribalism again).

I would add

f) print-on-demand and what I guess you could call "recycle on demand" which will allow you to create many items including analog books within moments, and then instantly reclaim the material from most objects to be used as raw material for whatever you're printing next...

and possibly

g) concerns over EMP, which will be used more and more in the coming years in war and terrorism, or even by pranksters, to destroy electronics (not to mention solar storms which we've been lucky about so far).

Nonvolatile copies of important data (from books to photos, to whatever) will be seen as more valuable than they are now as a result.

Personally, my dream house when I build it will contain both a large library for my physical books as well as a room that's a Faraday Cage where I can store critical electronics and especially backups of my data.
2012-12-09 11:15:58 AM  
1 vote:
Our university library had an ancient stack system. In the 60s, when the college switched to a university, they basically built a new library around the old one, with the old one becoming "The Stacks," with all sorts of nooks and crannies.

Wandering the stacks in the wee hours of the morning was always an enlightening experience.
2012-12-09 10:52:10 AM  
1 vote:
Regarding libraries: Pop-up books! Hard to digitize those. And babies can't chew on digitized books (or rip their pages).

Regarding peeves: People who play the music in their headphones so loud I can hear it. If I wanted to hear it, I'd be playing it myself.
2012-12-09 09:38:11 AM  
1 vote:
What new institution or technology is going to kill libraries this time? Tired, boring conversation.
2012-12-09 08:20:47 AM  
1 vote:
Generation_D has never tried to wipe his butt with a "page" torn out of an e-book.
2012-12-08 10:13:04 PM  
1 vote:
Noisy librarians. All that shushing is incredibly aggravating.
2012-12-08 08:17:07 PM  
1 vote:
I always get amused by people who fetishize new technology as if it's automatically in every way superior to older technology without realizing they're making the same mistake as people who fetishize old technology as if it's automatically superior in every way to new...
2012-12-08 06:50:22 PM  
1 vote:
Dog-eared book pages. Highlighting, or notes written all over the place. Missing illustrations and pages. Bad scotch-tape repairs that leave sticky goo all over the place. Notes in the online catalogue that the book I'd hoped to borrow is "Missing" or Due six months ago.

Other patrons never bother me, I can tune all of them out.
2012-12-08 05:50:23 PM  
1 vote:
women who won't have sex with me in the stacks
2012-12-08 04:31:12 PM  
1 vote:
People interrupting me when I'm fapping in the reference section.
2012-12-08 02:42:47 PM  
1 vote:

EvilEgg: Cut him some slack, he's on the short strokes now. He'll be done soon.

2012-12-08 02:28:55 PM  
1 vote:
Cut him some slack, he's on the short strokes now. He'll be done soon.
2012-12-08 02:17:13 PM  
1 vote:
I haven't been to a library in 15 years.
2012-12-08 02:12:20 PM  
1 vote:
My library pet peeve are people that taze me when I make annoying noises in the library.
2012-12-08 02:01:41 PM  
1 vote:
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