The Ripples of E-Reading

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Eli talked about this in a recent daily blob, I thought it was interesting enough to write down and reflect upon.

Think for a second about all the books, DVD’s and music albums that you could’ve owned. Consider to what extend these physical copies have been replaced by online services such as Kindle, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora etc. It’s a long list. This means in most cases you already have, or eventually will, throw away all of your physical copies of these things. I haven’t bought a physical copy of anything for years, except for a few select books which I’d like to own simply for their emotional or sentimental value.

But what do we make of this? Well these are all physical things, that no longer need to be taking up space in your home. You no longer need that humongous bookshelf to contain your ambitious collection, and you probably haven’t added anything to that CD-Rack for quite some time now. You’re also very likely to have a collection of DVD’s next to your TV that have by now gathered a thick layer of dust.

The repercussions of this goes into different directions, first off less physical entities of these things need to be produced. But more interestingly, for this particular article. Once you get rid off the bookshelves, the CD/DVD rack, all your physical copies of games and so on. Because all these things actually take up square footage in our homes, you now physically need less space to live in. This reinforces the popular idea of living in smaller environments, in this example literally because you don’t need as much physical space.

Well I don’t mind really, though I’m somewhere in the middle of this when it comes to books. But if my game library were to be physical, I’d have well over 300 copies of games lying around. Which wouldn’t be very.. esthetically pleasing to be blunt with you. Still, I tend to enjoy the practice of turning the page in a physical copy of my favorite book rather than to slide my finger over a screen.

How do you do it?

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Olof Hagström

Works as a service technician for ISPs. Enjoys tech news and a good book.

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  1. Martin Lehner June 20, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    I have always said that technology will move society towards being more ‘green’ and environmentally friendly. Your post demonstrates exactly that. Good write up, I enjoyed reading it!

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