The Digitization of Books

Death of Distance

The digitalization of books has revolutionized the way in which we access information. Our ability to transfer analog source materials into (binary) numerical format, and transfer this information at the speed of light, has completely transformed the way in which we are able to access information.

One no longer needs to drive to the library or bookstore to purchase a book, we are now able to do so from the convenience of our own personal computer or smartphone...

  • Some of the most remote places on planet earth still lack the necessary resources to educate their youth. The digitalization of educational resources such as grade school-level textbooks has allowed children, whom otherwise might have the opportunity, a chance to read and learn.
  • What I think has already happened is that the kids have already learned more than they would have in one year of kindergarten,” said Matt Keller, who runs One Laptop Per Child’s Ethiopia program.

Economies of Scale

  • The Fixed costs associated with creating a piece of literature or any informational manual may initially be high. And although this may be in the amount of milions...
  • The infinite economies of scale associated with the digitalization of books has proved to be a profound achievement. Now sharing important information is as simple as "copy, paste." 
  • Although this does have its side-effects. Bookstores are finding it hard to compete with online sales, and libraries may soon be a thing of the past... (think creative destruction)

Timeless Time

Ancient methods of recording important information included cave paintings, inscriptions on stone, oration, etc. The invention of the printing press in 1843 transformed the way in which  information was recorded and distributed. The digitization of books has had taken this to a whole new plateau and society has benefited greatly from its profound impact. Literature dating back to the beginning of man is now available in digital format. I no longer must travel to distant museums to view their content. In addition, this information may be processed synchronously and asynchronously. This merger of the old and the new allows us to live in a "timeless time." A golden age of information indeed. 

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Public - 5/6/16, 9:11 PM