Screen shot 2010-10-07 at 9.43.48 AM.pngFrom the Wired How-to Wiki:

The book is an antiquated method of delivering words to your brain. Just as the iPod compressed massive record collections onto tiny go-anywhere devices, so the e-book readers are putting entire libraries onto paper-thin portable devices you can shove in your (oversized) pocket.

Want to ditch the heavy backpack full of books and join the digital book revolution? Here’s out guide to creating a digital copy of just about any book — whether it’s your own masterpiece or an old paper copy of Cervantes — into a digital book.

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  1. A printed book isn’t “antiquated.” It’s tested and benefits from 500 years of innovation. Digital storage, such as on a Kindle, may be lighter, but better is defined by more than lighter.

    Printed books don’t have DRM and aren’t confined to one specific reader device. We can still read the 2,000-old Dead Sea scrolls. NASA can no longer read digital data it collected forty years ago.

    Both print and digital have advantages and disadvantages. It’s silly to pretend otherwise.

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