Books are dissemination-machines, even when they challenge their own status as books. They distribute networked meaning to those who navigate within their spatial domain. Their mere physicality gives them relevance in a world ordered by material obsession (capital formation) --- they can serve as "smart-machines" the same way we think of "smart-cards" that carry digicash information on their sliding strips. The thing we're holding in our hand has value as thing-in-itself. This thing-in-itself is what the value-added networks of meaning (real & potential) are forever hoping to distribute within the virtual world so as to create "smart-money" that works and enables the network to survive. "Next slide please..."