I’ve thought long and hard about this one. I keep the majority of my books in the Amazon cloud. You see, like many people, I have a Kindle, plus the Kindle App on all my devices. I’ll admit the platform has made reading more convenient; however, there are two key issues which have made me doubt the convenience of e-media and cloud storage.
I’ll start with the first issue. This is an issue with social status. Last week we had dinner at a friend’s house. He has a very nice home, large kitchen, and many, many rooms. What stood out for me were his bookcases. He probably has several hundred if not a few thousand books lining his walls. From what I know of the man, I am confident he has read them all.
Having e-media is great for saving space, but I feel it leaves a literary hole along the walls of our homes, offices, and schools. Am I just being old fashioned? I for one would love to have the space for a large bookcase, but the cost of inventory would impact my library size. For now we have a small case for my children along with one or two rows dedicated to my wife and I. I hope we don’t reach the point where our children reach for a tablet before a book.
Here’s the second issue. I’ve brought this up before to friends and co-workers. With everything going to “the cloud” what happens when it rains? I’m referring to a catastrophic network failure. Would someone know how to retrieve the data? I’m not so old fashioned that I don’t see the benefits of cloud computing. I love it, and use it. If it weren’t for Evernote I’d never remember what we discussed in meetings or why I’m at the store. The point I’m trying to make is, should we have a back-up plan? Is it worth killing a few trees for data redundancy. I use Amazon’s cloud music storage, but I also still prefer to have an MP3 file as back-up. If possible, I’ll even take a CD.
Overall, it’ll be a wait and see approach. It’ll be interesting to see if there is a paradigm shift in the next ten years. Who knows? Maybe there will be yet another digital reformation for additional redundancy. Let’s just hope it doesn’t include 3.5 inch floppy disks or clay tablets.
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