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  • Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:11:26    Permalink

    St Cuthbert's Gospel of John, 7th Century. Europe's oldest surviving book.

    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 Micro-fiche, laser disks are just two recent examples and the CD has been largely superseded by the DVD.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

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