Its weird how with the push for us to move to digital devices for consuming our literature on we still have to go through certain routines that are completely unnecessary and irrelevant to the medium. At one time if you were strapped for cash you'd simply just go down to your local library to borrow books and then later return them after you'd finished with them. The books at the library have already been bought and paid for by the government with taxpayers money in order for local community to have access to books to read. Obviously if you wanted to keep them for a little longer you'd simply check the book(s) in back at the library and then extend the borrowing period if there wasn't somebody else that asked to have it reserved for them to borrow. All credits and intellectual property pretty much all remained in tact.
But with the arrival of the internet, wireless mobile broadband connections and digital e-readers, books can now pretty much be acquired instantly. It just seems strange that we should still have to go through the routine of having to check digital e-books out to read as if they were a physical books. With there being no physical books that require materials to be processed, gathered and assembled it's strange how some of these books still cost roughly the same amount as a physical copy with there being no logistics involved either. Surely if they brought the price down to the point where everybody could pretty much afford to buy it in multiple formats for any type of text displaying digital device, would they not be able to sell many more copies to a larger potential audience and still make the same kinds of money? That's provided its any good and people actually want it.
I think with the move to digital products its going to get to the point (if it hasn't done so already) where people won't be able to truly keep track of earnings from their work for certain individuals and groups to make far more money off other peoples labour, efforts and backs in general I.e.. those that create, implement and run the systems that allow for the flow and distribution of the digital content. A bit like how online gambling for money on any level is most definitely rigged.
I'm all for environmentally friendly alternatives but I've a feeling the push to move to purely digital assets will enable a small group of individuals to be far more powerful then the most paranoid of conspiracy theorists would fear. With a large portion of the worlds financial system being of a none tangible nature to only exist as numbers on machines it pretty much means it could all be fudged here and there much more easily and instantly with the billions upon billions that go through the system every hour.
Maybe sometime in the not too distant future?
It will also be much easier to shape opinion and thought through subtle changes of literature and digital documentation. It'll probably get to a point where physical print will be the choice of the underground for communicating untampered with thoughts and ideas.