I read this back in high school. The idea that people would voluntarily burn books was shocking to me. That was something they did in Nazi Germany. (By the way, that's the plotline of the new movie The Book Thief.) I also noticed that there was fireproofing on the buildings, so that nothing other than the books would burn. It reminded me of the neutron bomb that was invented in the late 70s, that would kill the people but leave the buildings intact. What's the point? Anyway, this was back in the late 70s-early 80s, well before the Internet and Kindle. Today, of course, they wouldn't need to actually burn books. One well-placed computer virus could do the same thing. Anyone who knows me knows I like books. I don't want to see them destroyed. Just got the 60th anniversary edition. A lot of extras added to the novel.