>> WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
 >> I'M TALKING ABOUT THE
POSSIBILITY THAT NOW EXISTS
BECAUSE THE TECHNOLOGY NOW
EXISTS TO CREATE ON THE ONE HAND
A VAST DIRECTORY OF DIGITIZED,
FOR CONVENIENCE CALL THEM BOOKS,
ALTHOUGH THEY CAN BE OTHER KINDS
OF MATERIAL, TOO.
AND ORGANIZE THIS CATALOG IN
SUCH A WAY THAT READERS
EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD CAN HAVE
ACCESS TO IT ON THEIR COMPUTER
SCREENS.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ITEMS.
ANNOTATED RESPONSIBLY, AND CAN
FIND WHAT THEY'RE INTERESTED IN
D CAN BROWSE IT ON THEIR
COMPUTERS.
AT THE SAME TIME THIS
POSSIBILITY EXISTS, THE
POSSIBILITY OF MACHINES THAT CAN
PRINT ONE COPY OF A BOOK AT A
TIME ON DEMAND ANYWHERE IN THE
WORLD ALSO EXISTS.
I'VE SEEN THIS IN PROTOTIE.
- -- PROTOTYPE.
RECENTLY I'VE SEEN A VIDEO TAPE
OF SUCH A MACHINE.
IT REQUIRES NO HUMAN
INTERVENTION EXCEPT TO PUT THE
PAPER IN.
AND AFTER A MINUTE OR SO, OUT
POPS A BOOK, INDISTINGUISHABLE
FROM A BOOK MADE IN A FACTORY, A
PAPERBACK BOOK.
MY IDEA OF THE FUTURE IS THESE
MACHINES BY THE HUNDREDS OR
THOUSANDS OR MILLIONS EVENTUALLY
WILL BE ALL OVER THE WORLD.
AND A READILY BROWSING A BOOK OR
SOME MATERIAL SELECTED FROM THIS
VAST CAT LOUG, WHICH WILL BE
MULTILINGUAL AND MULTINATIONAL,
CAN IF HE OR SHE CHOOSES ORDER
TH BOOK TO BE PRINTED RIGHT
FROM HIS COMPUTER AT A NEARBY
LOCATION WHERE SUCH AN A.T.M.,
BOOK MACHINE WILL BE.
THE CORNER OF ELM AND MAIN
STREET IN A STAPLES STORE, LET'S
SAY.
OR MAYBE ON THE TOP OF MOUNT
EVEREST, OR THE HEAD OF THE
NILE.
WHO KNOWS WHERE.
I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE THE
FUTUREFUL AND THAT WILL
RADICALLY CHANGE THE WAY BOOKS
ARE DISTRIBUTED.

BOOK PUBLISHING, AFTER ALL, IS
SIMPLY A MEANS TO DISTRIBUTING
WHAT'S IN AN AUTHOR'S HEAD TO
WHAT'S GOING TO BE IN A READER'S
HEAD EVENTUALLY.
BECAUSE THAT MEANS OF
DISTRIBUTION REALLY REFLECTS THE
LIMITATIONS OF THE PRINTING
PRESS.
WHERE BOOKS ARE PRINTED IN A
CENTRAL LOCATION, STORED IN A
WAREHOUSE, CARRIED AROUND TO
BOOKSTORES, PUT ON DISPLAY AND
COPIES RETURNED AND UNSOLD.
INSTEAD A BOOK CANNOT BE
DELIVERED WITHOUT ANY OF THESE
INTERVENING STEPS DIRECTLY FROM
A READER'S HEAD, A WRITER'S HEAD
TO A READER'S HEAD WITH ALMOST
NOTHING IN BETWEEN THEM.
THAT IS A MIRACULOUS CHANGE.
AND IT'S A WORLD CHANGING
CHANGE.






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