Paper books are on the decline. In 2008, the market for consumer print books was north of $15 billion. Now it’s more like $10 billion – and that number is expected to continue falling until it reaches parity with e-book sales at about $8 billion in 2017.

It’s no surprise that with e-books on the rise, more and more public officials will be sworn in on them. On Monday, Suzi LeVine became the first U.S. ambassador (she’s the American representative to Switzerland) to be sworn in on an e-reader:

LeVine took the oath on a digital copy of the U.S. Constitution stored on a Kindle Touch. But that’s not the only time a digital device has replaced its dead-tree predecessor. In February, New Jersey firefighters were sworn in on an iPad edition of the Bible when nobody could find a version in print.

 

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