We haven’t seen the death of paper books yet, but there’s already a documentary about its impending demise. EBooks are not as tactile, aromatic, or spatial as traditional forms of reading, but they are helping to spread the joys of reading to places where transportation is problematic. The works of philanthropic organizations like Worldreader and The Information Heritage Initiative would be impossible without digital books.
While I’m not wholly enthusiastic about future generations growing up without the joys of reading as I did – I hope that the future of reading improves overall no matter what the medium. I’m as big of a fan of paper books as anyone out there, but there are clear benefits to digital information. Let’s celebrate the beautiful books we do have and continue making them because we love them. The more choices there are out there for different readers, the more opportunity there will be for everyone to find something they want to use. EBooks, paper books, all of the books… all the time!
Check here to see when the film screens in your region: http://outofprintthemovie.com/screening/