When Books Are Gone


Just imagine a world without books. Do you think that is the path we are taking? Technology is developing at exponential speeds. I Wonder how history will be recorded in a way that will be retrievable in the future centuries. Just imagine if the Dead Sea Scrolls had been box full of floppy discs or flash sticks for outdated machines. If technologies go bust, will there be any smart people left who can think and reason and figure things out without the aid of a computer? We can’t even find our way back home without our GPS!! Imagine that!!

When Books are Gone

In the year 2117 when the chip holds all

And we are dumb and machines are small

Thinking replaced with the gospel of the chips

No need for books we now have clicks

What will happen when books are gone

Transcribed to machines all stored in one

Technology expanding like the galaxy before us

No need for that archaic form to show us

The tips of our fingers wait to tell all

Brains lose function in technology’s crawl

Deduction and inference there seems no need

Who needs a brain with lightning fast speed

Perhaps by then the robot we’ll become

That perfect model yes that’s the one

Straight forward living all creativity gone

Just remember the password that’s on our phone

Machines tell it all just like a bad dream

When they don’t work makes you want to scream

But in 3117 what will they find in our concrete caves

Scattered across our landscape looking just like waves

With no books to open and no words to read

Just plastic and metal and a password to feed

Imagine now how shockingly odd it will be

In the world of the future with no books to read


Photo: Dwight L. Roth



16 thoughts on “When Books Are Gone

  1. Great work, as alway Dwight! I still buy CDs and vinyl records, and have downloaded but a few tunes. I much prefer the physical so I can hold it in my hand. I always buy books, never download. You can’t smell a download. I guess I am a bit of a dinosaur in some ways, but I do like to touch and feel things in a 3rd dimension.

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  2. Would be sad. I have hope. My eight year has access to many books on his Kindle but never reads any. He does however have an obsession with buying paper books and has stacks of them. I try to encourage him to buy only once he’s finished a book; but I’m delighted he loves books and wants to collect them. There’s hope 🙂

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  3. The narratives will somehow survive and also the poems. Orality precedes literacy, and somehow we will remember and be remembered. Someone, somewhere, will walk in what’s left of the woods and recite our poems. That, at least, is my hope.

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  4. Great one! I recently been thinking the similar thing. Ancient civilization has been established since thousand years ago and we somehow still have many things to learn about them.

    Imagine if everything was stored in electronic device and no books preserved. Will our civilization be remembered as we remember the ancient civilization?

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  5. Very interesting! Paper books will gradually end because they will cost more to make and buy. Example: a paper book may cost 14.99 whereas the download for the same book will be maybe 4.99. We do like paper at our house though.

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