Do NOT Buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ In Hardback.


Anura Guruge

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Do NOT buy Al Gore’s latest book,
‘The Future’, in HARDBACK.

Demand the paperback.

Hardbacks waste trees and energy! Period.

This has noting to do with Al Gore, the book or what it has to say.

This has all to do with the sheer hypocrisy of Al Gore publishing a book, which among other things decries global warming, in hardback. It is the same as Al Gore jetting around the world in private jets decrying carbon emissions.

There is absolutely no justification for hardback books TODAY
other than profit margins and author vanity.

Remember, I have been in book publishing for a long time. Today we have something called ‘Perfect Binding‘ for paperbacks. Perfect binding can handle any size book. I just finished reading Ken Follett’s ‘World Without End’ in paperback. 1,039 pages of story. All told it was probably 1,060 pages long. No problems. Took me 2 months to read it. The binding was fine.

Al Gore’s book is half the size.

There is NO need for it to be in hardback other than for generating more profits.

This is wrong. Makes Al Gore look like even more of a fraud than he really is! I like him. He is a likeable guy. Good sense of humor. But he is not genuine.

With Al, it is: ‘Do as I say, not as I do’!

Not good Al. Credibility. You lack credibility, BIG TIME. Sorry.

5 thoughts on “Do NOT Buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ In Hardback.

  1. Wayne Clark

    I generally agree with your request not to buy the hardcopy books, including the hardcopy version of Al Gore’s new book. In defense of hardcopy books, I like to buy books in hardcopy format on subjects that mean a lot to me (including all of the books you have written, by the way!). I find that hardcopy books have higher quality paper and wider margins, both attributes which support my copious notetaking along with other marginalia.

    This process of “active reading” of a book greatly enhances my understanding of the subject matter in real time and aids in retention long after reading the book. It also serves as a permanent snapshot of what I was thinking and feeling at the time I read the book. I recently went back and reviewed my marginalia in “SNA: Theory and Practice” and reflected on just how much that book influenced my professional life in the 1980s and 1990s. It gave me goosebumps to sit there almost 30 years after you committed those thoughts to paper and to ponder what an impact we had on the future of enterprise networking.

    However, I will take your behest under advisement and scrutinize my hardcopy vs. paperback purchases in the future.

    – Wayne

    1. aguruge Post author

      You write in the margins of books? I am horrified! I need to go lie down. You deface printed books. Oh, dear. Wayne. You of all people. Shouldn’t YOU be doing this on Kindle? YOU defaceed my SNA book? [[LAUGH]] There is a post here about the Oreo Superbowl commercial and their depiction of a library being destroyed. In there I talk about how my parents made me physically worship books. Yes, I know that many write on books. I could NEVER do that, other than on PROOF copies of my books and I stress PROOF. My big thing is that this is AL GORE. All the best. Good to hear from you. Cheers, Anura

      1. Wayne Clark

        Whether or not to write in books is what is referred to in The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life by Steve Leveen as The Preservationists vs The Footprint Leavers. I was a Preservationist myself until about 20 years ago when I came to the realization that there wasn’t anyone for whom I needed to preserve most of my library. What I needed was better retention for what I read and leaving footprints in the margins of books addressed that need.

        There is a good blogpost on this topic at:

        Note that the author says that more people are Preservationists. I too am a Preservationist for books that are enduring and will be passed down. But most of my reading over the years has been technical in nature and, for the most part, relevant only to the era in which the book was written. (BTW, we have a good book recycling service here in NC.)

        Finally, the reason the Vice Provost for NC State University Libraries asked me to chair the Technical Advisory board for the new Hunt Library that opened on campus last month (see was for my balance of technology AND a love of books.

      2. aguruge Post author

        Preservation per se is not the reason I feel squeamish about writing in books. Just the way I was brought up. Books were sacred. Icons. You did not desecrate books. If you dropped a book on the ground you were supposed to worship it when you picked it up to show your respect. Yes, 3rd world superstition, but books were also scarce. To me it is like graffiti.
        I actually don’t like autographing my own books! I kind remember whether I autographed your SNA book. But, I do it with trepidation. If somebody I know, like a relative, asks me for one of my books, I give it to them virgin. Some have asked me why I didn’t autograph it. My reaction is: ‘I wasn’t going to do it UNLESS you really wanted it’.
        Well, I feel very bad and SAD for YOU that: ‘wasn’t anyone for whom I needed to preserve most of my library’. That is a great shame. My father donated much of his original library to multiple schools and at least 3 of my 4 kids will fight each other, tooth and nail, for my library. I was actually just thinking about that. A family legacy. Stealing books from your father. I did that, with his tacit blessing. Some of my favorite books, I now realize, came from him in the 1950s. This is in the ‘Oreo Library’ post. My father grew up dirt poor, in a slum with open sewer. His parents couldn’t afford books. He would go to libraries and hand copy books into notebooks. When he became well to do, which was quite meteoric, when he was around 22, and with a Ph.D., he started buying books like there was no tomorrow. He, I will confess, probably as a backlash to his past, would then sign his name with a flourish on the fly page and date it. Though I usually rely on Google Maps and online resources, I do have a bunch of Atlases, dictionaries and thesauruses at my feet, by my desk — in case I need to reach down and look at something in hard copy while writing. The other night I was doing some writing on Russia and needed to see it on an Atlas. So I reached down and picked up this small, paperback ‘Van Nostrand Atlas of the World‘, with a 98 cent sticker on it. I have had it forever. I just happened to look at the front. The flourish. ‘Ananda Guruge’ (without the more formal ‘W.P.’ he adds) 11/5/54 — That is 11 May 1954. I would have been 8 months old. The other night when I was writing about Mt. Everest I went and looked at my Everest library: 3, all pre-1960s, stolen from my father. My son, now nearly 21, started stealing books from me when he was quite young. I am sure Devanee (12) ‘borrows’ my books.
        So, different outlooks. I am just distressed that you have nobody who lusts after your books. Maybe you need to rethink your collections.
        All the best Wayne. Cheers, Anura

    2. aguruge Post author

      To eliminate all confusion let me again iterate that in this post all I am saying is not to buy Al Gore’s ‘The Future’ in hardback. Though I am not a fan of hardbacks I am not on a crusade to stop people buying them. It is the Escalade vs. Hyundai argument. IF you are really passionate about energy conservation it might be better not to drive around in an Escalade. Al’s book deals extensively about carbon emissions, destruction of rain forests and wealth inequality. Then it is printed in hardcover. That is cynical, even by my standards. That is all. Cheers.


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