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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)

The ode library

We’ve found a new device which we think will transform the way information is delivered.

  1. It never crashes.
  2. It has the simplest cross cultural interface that works.
  3. It doesn’t need a help manual or instructions.
  4. It requires no power supply.
  5. It’s cheap to make.
  6. It’s highly portable.
  7. You can use it pretty much anywhere without any sort of connection.
  8. If treated well it will last for generations; no matter what other technology arises it will always be usable.

We love virtual content as you know but we also love books. We encourage people in the team to contribute to our office library – if you want to borrow a book, then you have to add a book. Share and share alike.

Blogs, wikis and websites are all very well but a book gives a subject time and space to breathe. I will rapaciously tear through a 400 page book but would balk at the idea of having to read the same 400 pages online or on a mobile device. For now.

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977)

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