Print books aren’t dead and ebooks aren’t a scourge. Print doesn’t flag intellect and digital doesn’t flag a lack thereof. For me, it comes down to length: I prefer print for books and digital for long-form journalism (short stories fall in between). My stuffed shelves are testament to my book-hoarding proclivities. Magazines get recycled (well, most not all, as I see mag boxes full of MOJO and New Depression).
I raise this because of this fascinating blog post on the ROM’s website, “The Anatomy of a Book,” by Sara Schell. For all the chatter about code, revisions, deletions, licensing, and so on, this anatomy reminds us that when a paper book is damaged, it can be fixed despite its age.