Last book I _read_ cover-to-cover was probably “Blink” or some other Malcolm Gladwell book when he was a “thing” a few years back.
But I’ve been online since 1989 and have done most of my reading in adult life behind a computer screen.
I go to the library frequently though because there’s a lot of stuff that’s just not online yet and there’s something about the Dewey Decimal system that I like and the randomness of opening a book in an area I want to know something about, hitting the index, table of contents and flipping through randomly to find something interesting.
Usually I just hold the book loosely at the binding and see what page it falls open to. This is how I know I’m at a page that SOMEBODY found _really_ worth focusing on, and I’m never disappointed.
I don’t want libraries or paper books to go away mostly because of the growing disappearance of information on the Internet.
The window of the ‘net is very narrow. I mean some of it goes way back – Google Books is FANTASTIC as are the increasing newspaper archives.
But this? Look at this posting here. Where will it be when Facebook goes under eventually?
Nowhere, unless somebody saves it.
What about websites that go under?
If you’re lucky, Internet archive has a copy of some sort, but generally, it’s gone and gone forever.
The cloud isn’t going to help because IT’S a fad that will have its big data wipe when the “Next Big Idea” comes along and the Cloud looks old fashioned.
So, I’m glad for hard copies and local backup sources. I like the cloud a lot but anybody who depends on it for long-term archival is going to be disappointed. Nature of the beast.