It is good news that St Cuthbert’s Gospel has been secured for the British Museum. But to most of us, a book that has survived for 1,300 years should remind people that the printed book lasts. It stands the test of time. Will the e-book be around in 1,300 years’ time? Doubtful. Experts in electronic archiving will advise anyone saving files for long term storage to use several methods. Micro-fiche, laser disks are just two recent examples and the CD has been largely superseded by the DVD. A printed book still seems one of the safest methods for long term storage. Long live the printed book!
–Sheppard’s Newsletter No. 259