Someday the grid might go down and if so, our way of life will drastically change. All of those ebooks and websites that we use for reference will be gone. Sure you can limp along on a mobile device or laptop by using a generator or solar powered recharging, but sooner or later electronics will fail. The decision needs to be “To Print or Not to Print?”.
To Print or Not to Print
The ancients preserved wisdom and knowledge by chiseling it into stone or painting it inside caves, but modern man isn’t much for chiseling. What is the answer?
My answer to this is to purchase books I need on various skills and subjects that I think will be vital after a societal collapse. I can’t afford to purchase a trillion books though, nor can I afford to print out every ebook or website that has the info I need.
Printer ink, in most cases, is more expensive than gold. Keeping this in mind, I think it’s important to assemble snippets of articles and procedures into short documents that I can print. There will be sites and ebooks that I will print in full, but I will choose wisely, after all I can buy a book on Amazon.com for $5-20 but an ink cartridge will cost me more than $20.
The best bang for your buck is to invest in a Laser Printer. Laser Printers are work horses designed for large office environments and can print thousands upon thousands of pages with a single cartridge. I use a HP Laser Jet Printer in my home office. I use it daily and have only changed the cartridge 1 time. I bought it very very used and that was the cartridge I replaced (it was 4 years old and from a large office).
To Print or Not to Print. You make the decision that’s right for you!
We do cover some alternatives in our Post: Reading eBooks when the Grid is Down.