Tuesday 18 August 2015

Only in Books?

The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book? David Attenborough

The ability to read is one of life's great privileges. Reading allows us to navigate our world and to share the creative and imaginative space with others.

Books, as repositories of knowledge, enable our species to record information and store it for the future. A book is a form of memory.

Some have argued that the book is in decline, somewhat like the elephant, but I would argue that the capacity to digitise also allows preservation. With the invention of the digital age, e-books, digital publishing strategies, online databases and libraries can provide unprecedented access to this cultural form. 

Let's wish a long and happy future for both books and elephants.

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