"SOCIETY SHOULD CONSIDER what sort of legacy we would be leaving future generations if there were a wholesale move away from paper and into electronic books and texts," writes Chris Rohrs of Novato, Calif., about "The Electronic Paper Chase," by Steve Ditlea [November 2001]. "Paper will last a long time (the Dead Sea scrolls, for example, are almost 2,000 years old), whereas electronic texts are ephemeral and last as long as the current flows. Paper will hold notes and scribbles in the margins, so we can see Mark Twain's or Fermat's edits and musings. How will future literary researchers know about the ebb and flow of ideas of an author who was published electronically?"
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