Last night I watched The Book of Eli on Netflix. It was about a man who must walk across the US in a post apocalyptic period in which a great war has ravaged the world, decimating its populations. What's also apparently happened is that books were burned. Lots of them. Especially Bibles and all manners of scripture no matter their religion, since it was religion that sparked the great final conflict in the first place. Go figure.
There is only one more King James Bible left on the planet and our man, Eli who is played by a bad-ass but entirely spiritual Denzel Washington, is the one selected by God to transport that printed "Word of God" to the west, where a group of survivors await him. In the meantime, the world has become mostly illiterate, written words holy or not, being the root of all evil.
It was while watching this movie something funny struck me.
Lately I've been blogging a lot about having run-ins with bookstore owners and readers who choose to ignore change even in the face of change, about the staying power of the Kindle and most E-Readers for that matter. One bookstore owner put her feelings succinctly when she called the Kindle a "toy" and a "fad." She also referred to it as temporary. In her mind, paper books and bookstores liker her own, where returns still rule the day despite the damage they do to authors, will once more rule the day.
I believe just the opposite.
That Kindle readers and their evolutionary predecessors will not only rule the future, but they will eventually replace paper as the dominate method for reading books, just like the music download has replaced CDs and prior to that, CDs having replaced vinyl. The fact that Kindle sales are much more author friendly in terms of both payment percentage and their ability to be quickly produced and distributed to the marketplace, is a stroke of luck for me, even if, in terms of The Book of Eli, it feels more like divine intervention.
So then, what struck me as so funny during the movie?
At one point, Eli finds himself listening to tunes through an "old"
When and if that "end of days" time comes for the world, and there appears a Holy Man like Eli who must transport the one remaining Holy Bible left on the planet across the ravaged terrain of this once great country, you can be sure it will be a paper version and not a Kindle. Because only when we have reached "the end of days" and all humanity will have finally gone the way of the bomb, will the Kindle finally fade from existence.
To watch the trailer for The Book of li, click here: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi862650905/