Why are there still paperback books being made? It is hard to put an exact number on published material but more than a million was self published.1 With this much published books why do we need more?
“It was interesting that the original Domesday Book was still available and yet the digital version could no longer be read,” said Prof Garner. 2
As the article points out physical copies of books have a important part as they are accessible regardless of a software. Outdated software becomes a problem as the future generation has no way of accessing said vital information.
It was enlightening to think about as I had always thought of physical copies of books as a burden: taking up too much space, a negative impact on earth, preservation issues and costs. However I came to realize that with printed materials it was more about ensuring that the findings and studies of this generation get carried over safely to the next generation.
“Found this old floppy disc at my uncles place, pretty old, but those good old days.. 1.44MB storage, we can’t even imagine”(Fredy Jacob, Photographer) 3