Carl Olson of Ignatius Insight posted a story on the last Pope John Paul II sneaking out for skip trips during his years at the Vatican. Carl in his last line said.
Hilarious! No word yet if Pope Benedict is also covertly sneaking out of the Vatican, not to ski but to visit used bookstores.
Now that really made me laugh and I can really imagine our book loving Pope going out on the sly perusing shelves for more books to get. I remember reading one quote from the pope when he was talking about the impermanence of things. Mountains will pass away and at one point he said, I believe, "even books" will pass away. I laugh when I read that also since it was so indicative of the Pope’s personality and his love of books. The Pope’s endears me to him even more.
Now I consider myself a bibliophile, though not as well read as the Pope or many members of St. Blogs. I also read a lot of books where their copyright has expired and their text is available on the internet. Mostly I convert them using text-to-speech software to listen to on my iPod/computer. Though sometimes I am disappointed to find that a book is not quite old enough yet to be freely available. I once fantasized about wanting a time machine so that I could go into the future passed the expiration of their copyright – downloading them – and returning home. Though I am not quite sure about all the moral ramifications of this. Is a book downloaded in the future and then subsequently read in the present a violation of copyright?