The Nazis burned books. I’ve been on a quest to not only buy canning, gardening, and survival books, but the classics: Shakespeare, Locke, Cicero, etc.
I am disturbed at the growing amount of people who use Kindles as their reading source. What happens if there is no electricity? Nothing beats something that you can hold in your hands.
technology won’t go away -
and solar chargers will work for quite a while.
Never thought about the classics. Good point.
Yes, no computers or any type of electronic devices will be of any use. Our books are just that...books, made of paper.
It's pretty easy to power small devices like that with solar. I'm certainly set up for it, and my Sony reader lasts one month on the charge.
And I have hundreds of books, mainly old google-books that relate to basic skills on it.
I even attempted to convert Kart's preparedness manual into E-pub, but the formatting conversion was a nightmare.
I post this from time to time - you can get hand cranked USB chargers for a couple of bucks. The build quality is OK, or you can make your own easily enough.
The advantage of the Kindle is it is an entire library in something smaller than a book. Useful when storage room is an issue. It is a good way of expanding your library, though printout, and bound books are recommended for the really important stuff.
There are many books you want and need available for free through several universities sites. Books written in the late 1800s, early 1900s, which is where your tech level for most aspects of life is going to be.
One thing I always recommend, bookwise, is a GOOD vegetarian cookbook or two. If you have a garden, you are going to have veggies to go with your stores. Meat is going to be rarer in a real SHTF scenario.
There's something to be said for being able to fit a ton of important books into such a small, light (and now always-available) device.