eBooks As Part Of An Earthquake Preparedness Plan?

Last night while we were sleeping in New York, northern Japan was hit with an 8.9 earthquake — a magnitude greater than the destructive earthquake that hit Haiti last year. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was the strongest ever to hit the country.

As a native Californian, this blogger knows what it is like to have books falling off of the bookshelf while the house is shaking (and that happens even in much smaller quakes). On hearing the news and waiting to hear from Japanese friends about their safety and personal experiences, I couldn’t help but think about how eBooks might help this particular issue. (Obviously all bets are off if the house is falling down).

Last month, we blogged about the emergence in Japan of companies that will scan print books and format them into eBooks for consumers that want more space. I like to think that some of these consumers did not have bookshelves tumble down on them and instead have maybe just had to rescue their eReader that fell on the floor.

I never would have thought of eBooks as part of an earthquake preparedness plan until now. But it seems like a good idea, for a smaller sized quake. Admittedly, this is a bit down checklist for a full earthquake safety plan, but how furniture and objects are stored is something to think about when you live in an earthquake zone.

But I do admit that it is probably a good idea to keep any first aid booklets in the print form laying around, because they might come in handy if your eReader breaks, isn’t charged or can’t connect to a server.