Every time I hear how we are moving to a completely digital world where actual print books will be obsolete, it generates two major concerns for me. One is what happens to all of the print material that never gets converted to a digital format. Surely no one is crazy enough to believe that it is possible to actually digitize everything. But what happens to the print that’s left behind? But my second worry is far bigger. We get so used to electronic and digital gadgets being normal parts of our everyday lives that we lose sight of the number of people who do not have access to any of these tools. What happens to them? Do we just leave them behind?
I fear that I’m not very articulate on the subject of the digital divide, but I found someone who states the problem very well. Please take the time to read Across the digital divide by Seanan McGuire.