Monday, 5 November 2012

Where there's books there's brass

"I hate to break it to you," I say, using my gentle voice, "but the age of the printed book is over. People don't read, and those who do use screens. Screens. They're like fast zoetropes."
"But that's precisely it!" he says exultantly. "Production of paper books will cease. Those that remain will become sought-after items. Think of all the rubbish that has become valuable, even in our own lifetimes. Cigarette cards! Rotary phones! NatWest pig piggy banks! If you'd just kept your blue Leeds building society coin saver tube, we could have retired to Buenos Aires by now. We are sitting on a potential goldmine."
Lucy Mangan, The Guardian
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