Too Many Books? Why Not Digitize, Then Trash Them?

Booklovers everywhere face the challenge of figuring out how to store their ever-burgeoning collections of books.

A Japanese entrepreneur has invented one solution to this chronic problem. His company will convert your books (at $1 per 100 pages) into PDF files that you can read on your computerized devices, and then pulp your actual books. Voila! No more book-storage problems.

Is this the Great Solution we booklovers have been waiting for? Or is this “service” a case of the remedy being worse than the malady? Does digitalizing of one’s personal library constitute (according to one commentator) “the transubstantiation of the printed word” or d0es it represent an outrageous, wasteful sacrilege? You decide.

Found at The New Yorker’s Book Bench


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