"It reminds me of the time when people said no one would read any text off of a screen but in fact an awful lot of people spend all day looking at text on a screen now. And it just looks to me like an inevitability." In fact, in his 1983 book Electronic Life, Crichton predicted we would be reading mostly electronic text by the year 2002. His latest best seller, Timeline, is now available for free, in a digital format, to owners of the new Pocket PC devices. It can be downloaded from BarnesandNoble.com. But what about the ease with which digital data, whether it is music or books or photographs... can be pirated?
"I think there's nothing to do but look it in the face and say it's going to be extremely easy to do and we're going to have to find ways to re-imagine copyright given a digital world." You can find more on what Michael Crichton imagines at ThirdAge.com. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin for CBS News.