Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books?

But when I think of sorting through the boxes of my grandmother’s books — even the ones we couldn’t keep, or didn’t want — and what we found there, I am grateful not to have been handed her Amazon password instead. Among all the gifts of the electronic age, one of the most paradoxical might be to illuminate something we are beginning to trade away: the particular history, visible and invisible, that can be passed down through the vessel of an old book, inscribed by the hands and the minds of readers who are gone.

via Will Your Children Inherit Your E-Books? : NPR.

This is an interesting essay about a first edition War of the Worlds given to Robert Goddard, the inventor of the liquid fueled rocket, when he was a boy and the passing down of that book.

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