I have some information stored on 3.5-inch discs, but I can’t find a computer that still has a slot for these floppy discs. With my old phone, I had taken some cool photos, but I can’t retrieve them because I can’t find a fitting data-transfer cable. On my old laptop, there is a lot of valuable information, but I can’t get it to run.
And then I have some books printed a hundred years ago and passed to me through the generations. I can read them without any problem.
Sometimes, technology is not bliss, but loss in the disguise of bliss.
When you buy an e-book or download books on your Kindle, I-Phone, I-Pad or any other e-reader, think about how quickly some data storage formats of the past decades disappeared. There is nothing to indicate that the current formats will stay around longer. You may be investing – not for the first time in your life – in something that will have lost all of its value in 2 or 3 years and that will end up in the bin or a box in the attic.
With a printed book, that won’t happen. And you can even pass it on to your children. – That sounds like the real future to me.