Paper books are in decline. In 2008, the market for printed books was about $ 15 billion ... Now it's more like $ 10 billion. - And this number is projected to continue to decline until it reaches the level of e-book sales of about $ 8 billion in 2017.
No wonder then, that with the growing popularity of e-books, more and more government officials will take the oath to them.
On Monday, Suzy Levin became the first US ambassador (she is an American representative in Switzerland), take the oath of the e-book.
Levin took the oath on a digital copy of the US Constitution, stored in e-book Kindle Touch. But this is not the only case where the digital device replacing its predecessor. In February, the New Jersey firefighters took the oath on the edition of the Bible on the iPad, because no one could find a printed version.
A month earlier, a civil servant of Long Island did the same
This may not last long, and yet we see that the president takes the oath with his hand on a bunch of pixels. Of course, we will always be those who prefer a nostalgic choice. Such as John Brennan, director of the CIA, who was sworn in on the original draft of the Constitution. But private ceremony cause an unexpected noise when critics complained that the project does not contain a Bill of Rights ( note i>. The first ten amendments to the US Constitution guarantees the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens in their relations with public authorities; ratified necessary majority of states December 15, 1791).
If only the founders wrote in pdf.