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Emal Rasoul


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Is it possible that one day books will be a form of currency?

I own a Kindle and an iPad with the Kindle app in order to read with convenience. A lot of people that I know are now converting over to using a Kindle or other device other than a book. It got me thinking about the movie "The Book of Eli" where the Bible was considered a weapon to Gary Oldman's character. With the world constantly improving technologically and companies trying to create a greener world whilst lowering their own costs, will books (to an extent) become obsolete? There are books that are printed as collector's editions, hardbacks, as a set and so on. Obviously there will be books in print but what if specific books or genres were no longer printed because they are so common? For example, fiction, like Harry Potter may no longer be printed however legal texts used in the courts may always be in print.

So, is it possible that in the future, people may use books as a currency to trade for something more valuable?


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    Apr 16 2013: Well what is our currency now? What was it before? We make up what our currency is, we decide on what we want to base our currency off. If metals were tremendously abudant and easy to come by then we would not use gold and silver for our monetary systems. We place greater value on more rare and rare objects, materials hard to come by or not easy to make, or something that is a key to our way of life. I dont see us ever using books as any time of real valued currency because the data and information in the book will be so easy to find and come by it wont be worth anything to try and trade. Maybe if some large life changing event took place and earth became a "water world" well then books would be of great value, for their contents and for their paper. (if youve ever seen the movie "water world")

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