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    Do I even need to spare a word on Ludditie paper book fetishits? I suppose I just did.

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    No, anyway, the real story about e-readers is the horror of DRM, the second fencing of the commons we are undergoing in IP laws run amuck.

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    Here's another thing that might make real book fetishists flip the fuck out: I like to have the kindle robot voice read out loud to me.

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    You know what's actually been lost? Listening to words out loud. I found this in a poetry workshop in undergrad.

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    The prof. made us read our poems out-loud to our classmates *without* giving them a paper copy to read along with.

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    Many (self included) protested we couldn't give good feedback this way. He insisted that we would learn how to listen properly with time.

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    What is a book? I say it is the interaction between the mind of a reader and coded words.

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    This object? Is it vellum? is it papyrus? is it stone? is it acid paper? is it magnetized ink? is it light? Is it bumpy plastic? No matter.

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    The object doesn't matter. This fetishism for the physical book, it's like we're back to Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction anxiety.

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    Imagine people flipping out over the unrealness of papyrus as compared to the comforting solidity of cuneiform on baked clay tablets.

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    Once you write it on the clay tablet is for ever. No one can tamper with the written word there without destroying the whole. It is a whole.

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    Papyrus on the other hand? You can scrape bits off and change a word, change the intent of the writer entirely, create a lie.

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    Papyrus is the demonic invention of the modern age of liars.

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    You could even scrape off the whole papyrus and re-use it, which shows you just how impermanent words on papyrus are vs clay tablet.

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    I know that no one will listen to me, that the crazed modernity of papyrus scrolls will take over the solid comfort of clay tablets. I mourn

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    The big, huge, honking issue with e-readers that has the potential to drive me away from them is toxic DRM.

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    If I cannot be secure in the knowledge that books I value will not be wiped out at the whim of the e-book licenser, I can't rely on them.

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    For that reason alone, I will continue to buy important reference works on paper. For now, e-readers are for disposable books for me.

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