I’m concerned about books. Namely OUR books. Books full of our discoveries and our ways of life.
Why am I worried? In ancient times, when one nation took over another, there were book burnings, then people were told they couldn’t play their native musical instruments, wear their traditional clothing or speak their language. It’s the age-old way to make a people forget who they are and assimilate with their oppressors.
I’m worried because there is a push to get every book in the world into a digital format. No one seems very concerned about it but the way I see it, once every book is digitized, in theory, it will only take the push of a button to make scads of books disappear.
Then, there are also places where people can sell all their old books online. Places like Amazon and Ebay. I can’t prove it but what’s to keep our enemies from buying up all the books they don’t like and destroying them?
Not many people are talking about this but it doesn’t matter. I did find this.
An e-book is not a physical book. That point might seem trite until you stop for a moment to think how much simpler it is, in a certain sense, to destroy electronic than physical traces. There’s no need of inciting mass cooperation in book-burning enterprises. No need for secret police or raids or extensive surveillance. The power to remove a book from a device, to remove all traces of it from retailers’ websites, to expunge it from a publisher’s online record: It would simplify the work of a would-be Soviet Union or Oceania multifold, would it not? It’s ugly. For all kinds of reasons.
Our people need to have our own (secret) libraries of our best books so they can never be made to disappear.