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?
EBooks are awesome, and you can store a slew of them on a single tablet, ipad or kindle, but what if the grid goes down?
The simple answer to this is that you need to purchase real physical books that you’ll need on various skills and subjects that you think will be vital after a societal collapse. No one can afford to purchase a trillion books though, nor can you afford to print out every eBook or website that has the info you need.
Printer ink, in most cases, is more expensive than gold. Keeping this in mind, assemble snippets of articles and procedures into short documents that you can print. There will be posts on web sites that you will print in full, and even pages or chapters from eBooks.
Choose wisely. It may not be behoove you to print out an entire eBook, when you can buy that book on Amazon.com for $5-20. Printing an entire book may take more than a single ink cartridge, which may end up costing you a lot more than $20.
If you intend to create a preparedness or survival binder, the best bang for your buck may be 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. We have an HP Laser Jet Printer in my home office. I use it daily and have only changed the cartridge 1 time. I bought this printer very very used and that cartridge I replaced was already 4 years old and from a large office!
Print out articles or snippets or articles, that you feel are important or would be helpful in an emergency, then use the 3 hole punch on them and stick them in your preparedness 3 ring binder. You can start out simple, but once that binder starts filling up, you’ll want to start investigating 3 ring binder accessories (dividers, tabs, etc), to help you organize your information for ease of retrieval.
Print when it makes sense, but don’t print out an entire 300 page book, when you could just buy it!
To Print or Not to Print. You make the decision that’s right for you!
To keep that eBook library accessible, there are some alternatives covered in the Post: Reading eBooks when the Grid is Down.