I don't think print and electronic media are compatible. I say this because I've been going through my family's computer book collection on the off-chance that it might contain the two course books for the computer systems class I'm taking at BU in the fall (yay tuition remission!). I did find one of the books... but in the 1998 edition, not the required 2005 edition (W/CD, as it says on the textbook site). I think a good number of our books are from the 80's, or even earlier. Some of these books may be timeless, but the majority of computer science books lose relevance within a 5-year timespan.* Now that I think about, though, I don't need to worry about textbooks all that much. I work at the Science and Engineering Library, i.e. the library where the CS class reserves are kept. When the 2005 edition varies from the '98 edition, I have better access to the reserves than anyone else.
Speaking of technology and being out of date, last night I found out that my cellphone, which has been out of commission ever my mother put it through the washing machine a week or two ago, is still taking voicemail. I have no idea how to get this voicemail except through the phone, so if you've called and left a message, sorry about not responding.
*Or shorter, if you need it for a course. Do professors have deals with publishing houses? "We'll fund your next project if you make sure your students pay unreasonably high premiums on our 'updated' editions."
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