Books “suck” as Jeff Atwood explains in this post. But ebooks “suck” just as well.
I adore words, but let’s face it: books suck.
More specifically, so many beautiful ideas have been helplessly trapped in physical made-of-atoms books for the last few centuries. How do books suck? Let me count the ways:
They are heavy. They take up too much space. They have to be printed. They have to be carried in inventory. They have to be shipped in trucks and planes. They aren’t always available at a library. They may have to be purchased at a bookstore. They are difficult to find. They are difficult to search within. They can go out of print entirely. They are too expensive. They are not interactive. They cannot be updated for errors and addendums. They are often copyrighted.
What’s the point of a bookshelf full of books other than as an antiquated trophy case of written ideas trapped in awkward, temporary physical relics?