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Bookshelves Are For What, Again?
Good question. Cartoon about discussion of bookshelves in the future.
Oh wait a minute.
>>Because there are literally no print books being published
Obviously print books are in trouble. If they were not you would not be so touchy about a cartoon.
Point two. The comic happens in the FUTURE. A future where people are not buying print books. Your comment about how many books are being published NOW are irrelevant to a FUTURE where books are not being printed.
I'm not touchy, I think it's funny.
I just think the idea that there will never be books is a stupid idea.
As Bibliofuture says above:
Putting books on is the answer. Books won't vanish, they are historical documents if nothing else. If they don't have books on, and they have kitchen equipment on as in the cartoon, they are bnot bookshelves, they are shelves ;)
jetpacks and rockets visible through the window to show just how far in the future it is set :P
*** Should have had jetpacks and rockets visible through the window to show just how far in the future it is set :P
I think a William Gibson quote is appropriate:
"The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed."
Today somewhere in the world a kid is moving into a new house. In his or her room there are large bookshelves built into the wall. The family has no books just iPads and Kindles. The kid ask his or her parents why there are all the shelves in their room. "Oh those are bookshelves.", the parent will answer. People used to own a lot more books in physical form then they do now.
>>Books won't vanish, they are historical documents if nothing else.
Buggy whips have not vanished but they are not in most households. In 1890 many homes probably had a place to store buggy whips.
In a hundred years I think the average household will have less than 10 books in physical form.
and these shelves are called "Fuehrer-love Shelves" or "The People's Shelves" since no individuals are allowed to own books.
or even just call them bookshelves, but re-educate the people with a new definition of "book" to mean tchotchke.
>>and these shelves are called "Fuehrer-love Shelves" or "The People's Shelves" since no individuals are allowed to own books.
So the only future without physical books that you can imagine is one where some Orwellian state has made it illegal to own books?
How about a bright rainbow future where with a thought I can have a holographic representation of text in my hand in whatever form I desire?
The hologram can be a book or the words floating in the air.
the word "past" is there. but I guess if you go back far enough into the past, it might become the future again. but it would be awesome if people would read the entire post
I like to keep books I have loved, both so I can lend them to friends and to enjoy them again and again bookshelves
See my essay on bookaholics, books, bookshelves and other items at my Librarything.com profile page. Scroll down to "About my library". See the website at: http://www.librarything.com/profile/hadden
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