What’s a guy with a carefully developed collection of books to do?
My father-in-law was a high-level academic librarian for many years. He always said the book is so good at doing its basic job, there will probably not be a solid replacement for it.
I’m beginning to suspect he might have been wrong about that.
Exhibit A: I saw a fellow reading a book on some sort of electronic notepad device (possibly a tablet PC) recently. He also appeared to be able to electronically mark it up. Looked very good.
Exhibit B: Michael Hyatt’s weblog keeps mentioning that something like an iPod for readers is coming and it will have a big impact on the market. Since Hyatt is the president of big publisher Thomas Nelson, I think he knows whereof he speaks. His latest post really has me sweating it.
Why am I sweating it?
Because I realize that someday my collection may become quite obsolete and I will be able to do more, faster, better, etc. with a massive collection of books on some tiny media device.
Of course, I’m a Ph.D. student now and can’t wait for even next year. Still, it hurts a little to know I keep moving all these boxes of books when obsolescence is around the corner.