Conor Friedersdorf sends me a link to this story about attempts to recover and reassemble the libraries of dead writers. Sad and curious. . . . But of course — someone has to ask this question, so it might as well be me — what about future writers whose libraries are partly or largely contained in their e-readers? You could hold in your hand years of careful annotations and provocative underlinings. Or, conversely, you could discover that a member of the family had erased everything on Dad’s device and replaced it with his or her own books. In that case — supposing the e-reader is a Kindle — could a deputation of scholars go to Amazon to see whether any of those annotations survive on Amazon’s servers, and if so, whether they could be bequeathed to some library or archive? Or made available to anyone who wants to see them as a public service? (Amazon’s own purely digital literary archive.) Strange times ahead, perhaps.