20 Dec '11, 10am

Will nature always be the last book on the shelf? via @grist

Will nature always be the last book on the shelf? via @grist

Photo: Martin Deutsch Cross-posted from Cool Green Science . Driving with my kids the other day, I saw a sign announcing: "Borders Books Going Out of Business: 90% Off!" We headed in with great enthusiasm, thoughts of nearly free books dancing in our heads. The place was swarming with bargain hunters. The remaining inventory had been moved to the front; the rest of the cavernous box store was gloomily empty behind movable partitions. Though there were still thousands of books, I quickly realized the store had been picked clean, like a carcass where all the soft parts were long gone and just the hide, hoofs, horns, and bones remained. Like those ungulate parts, the titles left behind were mostly undigestible. Jackal-like, I joined the others sniffing among the store's skeletal shelves for some overlooked palatable morsel. There were literally no books for kids -- those sect...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/living/2011-12-20-will-nature-always...

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