Books Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Fifty-seven books are sold every second in the U.S., totaling 4,924,800 daily.

       — infactcollaborative.com

 

Imagine a world without books.

A world with no Bible or Koran, no Catcher in the Rye or Gone with the Wind.

A world with no textbooks or instruction manuals, how-to guides or workbooks for our students in grade schools to grad schools … No dog-eared pages, highlighted points or notes scribbled in the margins.

No nonfiction, fiction, romance, or mystery. No open afternoons spent turning the pages of stories, reading words that relay thought, create thought, develop connections, and strengthen understanding.

Printed books revolutionized the world nearly 600 years ago and will continue to foster our discoveries, imaginations, and progress indefinitely. Books capture and sustain great ideas and memorialize the meaning for generations to come—or at least they have the capacity to do so.

Consider what might happen if you attempted to insert a 5.25-inch floppy disk into your 2015 laptop? More than likely, nothing. According to Wikipedia, 3.5-inch disks could still (theoretically) be used if you had an external USB floppy disk drive, but USB drives for 5.25-inch, 8-inch and nonstandard diskettes are rare or nonexistent. While diskettes were popular for nearly 40 years, technological advances have rendered them obsolete today. If the influential messages of books had been entirely entrusted to 5.25-inch floppy disks …

Books possess the power to educate us, challenge us, entertain and inspire us. Today’s rapidly advancing digital book options may spread the written word—but paper can preserve it, ensuring accessibility today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.

Learn more about ensuring book permanency through paper options at permanencematters.com