Progress in technology:
Cave writing … invention of paper … invention of printing press
78rpm records … 45 rpm records … 331/3 rpm vinyl records … 8 track cassettes … audio cassettes … compact discs … mp3 files
Silent movies … “talkies”… 16 mm film … video cassettes … DVDs … streaming movies
Books … microfilm … and the very latest, digitized books. They’ve been around for a couple years with the Kindle, Nook, and other ebook readers. But Google, ever on the fore front, has gone one better with the introduction of Google ebooks. Today I ordered my first ebook from Google. Lots of titles from which to chose but, I chose (what else?) a genealogy title called Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist by Buzzy Jackson (Simon & Schuster, 2010)
The ebook can be read on any web browser (it does require an Internet connection) and is synchronized between my desktop PC, laptop and cell phone. So I can “continue” reading from wherever I stopped on any platform. The content is stored in the “digital cloud.”
Now this means no more physical books on the books shelf. And it has implications for recycling read books. Will bookstores eventually become extinct? What about libraries?
I think it is just one more development in the ever-evolving progress of technology.