I received two recent emails from colleagues that, I think, illustrate the issues in the ongoing debate of the future of print and electronic.
The first is from the Chronicle of Higher Education of an issue dated 28th July: Young, “Web 2.0: Scholars turn monographs into digital conversations”. There is a great link a podcast of John Updike criticizing aspects of the shift from printed to networked books.
The second is about the failure of the new Charleston School of Law to win accreditation from the ABA in part because the adequacy of its print library resources.
I remember Nick Pengelley and I differing somewhat on this point in a 2001 conference at the U of Toronto, in which I was arguing that the books was not yet dead but would still be significant in law.
I wonder know if this was the wrong argument and that with the advent of web 2.0 it is not the form of the intellectual content so much, as how the content can be used in more creative ways.