Levin Takes Oath on Digital Copy of US Constitution
Paper books are in decline. In 2008, the print book market was approximately $ 15 billion ... Now it is more like $ 10 billion - and this number is projected to continue to decline until it reaches an e-book sales level of about $ 8 billion in 2017.
Not surprisingly, with the increasing popularity of e-books, more and more government officials will take the oath of office on them.
On Monday, Suzy Levin became the first US ambassador (she is the US representative in Switzerland) to take the oath on the e-book.
Levin took the oath of office on a digital copy of the US Constitution, stored in the Kindle Touch e-book. But this is not the only case when a digital device has replaced its predecessor. In February, New Jersey firefighters took the oath of publishing the Bible on the iPad, as no one could find the print version.
A month earlier, a Long Island public servant did the same thing.
This cannot go on for long, but for now we see the president taking the oath with his hand on a bunch of pixels. Of course, we will always have those who prefer a nostalgic choice. Such as John Brennan, director of the CIA, who took the oath of office on the original draft Constitution. But the private ceremony caused an unexpected uproar when critics complained that the project did not contain a Bill of Rights ( approx.. The first ten amendments to the US Constitution, guaranteeing the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens in their relations with public authorities; ratified by the necessary majority of states on December 15, 1791).
If only the founders wrote in pdf format.