Très populaire dans les milieux geek, le « techno-penseur » Kevin Kelly s'inquiète de l'inéluctable disparition du livre physique et se réjouit d'une initiative privée qui, en plus d'archiver autant d'oeuvres imprimées que possible, matérialise également les oeuvres numériques.
« We are in a special moment that will not last beyond the end of this century: Paper books are plentiful. They are cheap and everywhere, from airports to drug stores to libraries to bookstores to the shelves of millions of homes. There has never been a better time to be a lover of paper books. But very rapidly the production of paper books will essentially cease, and the collections in homes will dwindle, and even local libraries will not be supported to house books -- particularly popular titles. Rare books will collect in a few rare book libraries, and for the most part common paper books archives will become uncommon. It seems hard to believe now, but within a few generations, seeing a actual paper book will be as rare for most people as seeing an actual lion.
Brewster decided that he should keep a copy of every book they sc[...] an so that somewhere in the world there was at least one physical copy to represent the millions of digital copies. That safeguarded random book would become the type specimen of that work. If anyone ever wondered if the digital book's text had become corrupted or altered, they could refer back to the physical type that was archived somewhere safe. »
Très bonne idée. En effet, un gros bogue peut effectivement provoquer la disparition complète d'une culture littéraire mondiale de plus en plus numérisée.
The Technium – Kevin Kelly : When Hard Books Disappear