Posted by Alan Nagel on March 10, 1999 at 11:01:25:
In Reply to: Re: Books vs. Internet posted by Steve Price on March 10, 1999 at 06:31:40:
John and Steve go to the core on the weak practicability of replacing rug books with CDRoms. Pictures yes, but supplanting the book on my side-table, not for a while yet.
Still I can't afford all desirable books and journals--much less back issues; conferences weigh heavily on the budget too.
BUT for images, the CDRom route offers the way for more of us to learn more & faster & at less cost. I haunt the Web for fair to excellent images of an extraordinary range of rugs, access to some market values, and illuminating conversation.
CDRoms--heavily of images, including closeups front and back--would distribute rug information better than is now possible, cataloguing a convention's exhibits a fine case in point. And the crucial text needed is often relatively brief, no burden to enter or to read.
At <$1/ disk, the contribution to rug societies and conference budgets could be substantial if sold at less than a plain rug book, e.g. $20-30/disk.
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