In the beginning there was handwriting and it was useful. It was however limited. Rooms of scribes were required to copy even a single manuscript. Books were restricted to the very wealthy and the average person existed in ignorance.
Next there was the printing press. It was also useful. It required specialized training to produce large quantities of printed material. The printing press brought books to everyone. Knowledge flourished.
Finally, there was the photocopier and it was very useful. It brought the ability to reproduce printed material in any quantity. For a few pennies, anyone could copy anything; yet books remained.
And so it is. Books will always exist, and I am glad.
About Mark Mizen
I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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