750: Book Burning
Title text: Of course, since their cautionary tale was reported in a print newspaper, no one read it.
A group of people wanting to hold a book burning find themselves in a conundrum as they only have one book. Going to an online retailer reveals that the Kindle edition of the book is not only less expensive than the hardcover edition, but that the Kindle edition is the preferred method of buying a book. Kindle is also a word meaning a substance used to start a fire, such as that in a book burning. Unfortunately, the burning of a Kindle proves fatal because of the toxic fumes from the burning of a lithium polymer battery that powers it.
The tool-tip text further drives home the point that electronic media is becoming the norm, while print text becomes more obsolete with time.
- [Cueball holds a book aloft, displaying it to his two friends.]
- Cueball: This book is full of heresy!
- Friend: Let's hold a book burning!
- [They confer more, then one friend runs off.]
- Cueball: I only have one copy.
- Friend #1: I guess we could buy more.
- Friend #2: I'll look online.
- [A screenshot from an online retailer's page displays pricing for the hardcover ($17.99) and Kindle ($9.99) editions of the mentioned book.]
- [The front page of a newspaper, titled "News", is shown above the fold. The first article's headline reads "Eight dead from toxic fume inhalation" and a picture is shown depicting three bodies strewn around a massive plume of tar-black smoke.]