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Sat Mar 16, 2019, 04:59 PM

Will the classic books still be around in 2030, 2040?

I was going through by bookcases today, dusting off and looking at my collection of classic works that I have collected over the years in leather bound volumes. I have many of the classics we read in High School, Moby Dick, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Great Gatsby, The Works of H.G. Wells, The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkein, and others. I also have some nice leather bound copies of more contemporary authors such as Ayn Rand, Ken Follett, Heinlein, and others.

Back in High School we all (mostly) had to read Homer, Dickens, Chaucer, Hemingway, Conrad, Orwell, Huxley, and many others.

So I got to thinking, I wonder which of these books I'll pass down to my grandson, who just turned three years old, and will they still be required reading in High School in the 2030's? Then I got to feeling a little down. Crap, will real books still be around in the 2030's and 2040's? Won't everything be on multimedia formats on their Kindles or iPads of the day? Will anyone bother with real paper books? Hell, even I have pretty much gone over to reading everything on my iPad. I read for at least 2-3 hours per day, and my Kindle Unlimited account gives me access to just about anything I want or need., but I still pick up and read an old fashioned paper book now and then (though I have to admit that it feels kinda weird.)

So what do you think? Will paper books still be common, or even available to the common man (not collectors) in 2030, 2040?

Will High School students still be reading the classics that we did, exploring the human mind and psyche, or will they transition over to more modern authors expressing their "feelings" about more current events? LGBT issues, Climate Change, inequality, etc.)

Is anyone else feeling as down about this as I am?

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2019, 05:26 PM

1. Nope, with the big push to go digital on everything, nothing will be printed out anymore...

"Will paper books still be common, or even available to the common man (not collectors) in 2030, 2040?"

...and soon the only printed books left on Earth will be those that belong to collectors and hoarders.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2019, 05:26 PM

2. No not common or "as common". Some of the ones you have now will be more valuable, should we

still be here.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2019, 05:32 PM

3. Books will still be around

At least in my neck of the woods high school kids don't read stuff like that anymore 10 years at least.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2019, 05:35 PM

4. i am downsizing

and one thing that has to go are my books. many of which you named in the op. the local library does not even want them. when i move to assisted living i can not take them.

kindle makes the information more accessable than my shelves and boxes of paper. i'd rather read a book, but the kindle can scale the print for my older eyes.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #4)

Sun Mar 17, 2019, 11:55 AM

8. "scale the print for my older eyes"

THIS. We have thousands of books, but I gotta admit the Kobo is much easier on the eyes.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2019, 05:36 PM

5. Books will be like 78rpm records, but still exist (unless the Eco-Fascists ban cutting trees)



On a brighter note the stories will exist forever...Homer wrote the Iliad around 800BC and it persists today!

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2019, 05:45 PM

6. My wife thinks books are durable goods. I think they are consumables.

She worked in a library.

The good thing is that lots of the titles you mention will be out of copyright in 2040 and gutenberg.org will have them.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Sat Mar 16, 2019, 05:52 PM

7. It took a generation, but vinyl records are making a come back. So there's hope.

I'm not kidding. Just went to wallyworld and there's a section with vinyl records.

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Tue Mar 19, 2019, 06:59 AM

9. For the Left, it's Harry Potter all day, every day

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Response to fools_gold (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 08:38 AM

10. I have a sizable collection of history books

Most of Louisiana history, which predates the United States and encompasses about a fifth of the country. I have two grandchildren, and I don't know if either of them will take an interest in history. If they do, they will inherit some rare and valuable books.

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