I was recently reading an article at Time magazine entitled Top 10 Gadgets of 2013 http://techland.time.com/2013/12/04/technology/slide/top-10-gadgets/ and it occurred to me that many of the gadgets were not new but merely upgrades of technology already available. Smart phones with better cameras, virtual reality glasses finally making the main stream after their poor debut when they caused motion sickness. Video screens reduced in size, not enlarged, so they can fit on your wrist; What great new tech! (he says tongue in cheek). Of the tech of 2013 that Time presented I must say that the e-reader/kindle/ipad/pad computer is still the most promising new tech. Specifically for the reason that for students with a dozen books in a backpack, these devices are a miracle of the modern age. It is now possible for students to carry every text book, journal and article they need for school with them at all times, as well as offering an access point to the sum of human knowledge we call the internet. Libraries of the future will merely be repositories of digital data to be accessed by patrons with the proper authority and technology. But, and this is the most emphatic “but” that I can make, with the rise of digital data comes the ease with which data can be corrupted, censored, edited and forever lost due to changes in the technology or the efforts of those wishing to exploit the truth/facts or twist knowledge for their own personal gain. I feel that this is a real and very probable threat. Perhaps one that is already being visited upon us and the best response is to maintain the printing of books. Use the technology as the tool it is and should be but, always have a permanent and unalterable source to refer to for the future. Read a real book some time it feels good.