After talking about the opening of the paperless BiblioTech library last week, I thought you may like to read about publisher Arthur Attwell of Paperight in Capetown in South Africa who publishes e-books on paper.
“….we’re putting ebooks back on paper, because for most people in South Africa, paper is just easier and cheaper. We do this by printing them out, on demand, in regular photocopy shops…
Arthur Attwell of Paperight,
… The irony of the digital revolution is this: as it democratizes publishing, it widens the gap between those with Internet access and those without…”
According to Attwell, “The gap between the Internet-haves and the Internet-have-nots is getting wider… That gap in turn will translate into an education gap, an economic gap, and a healthcare gap.” Do you believe Attwell is right? Is the digital revolution helping to widen the poverty gap? If so, does this mean the BiblioTech in Texas is helping widen that gap by being all digital? Or is South Africa a separate case? Or what?
As always, it’d be great to hear your thoughts 🙂
“[An] ingenious solution to widespread book shortages in the developing world”
The Parliament of South Africa