This is from the "Icons and Electronic Devices" thread:
well ok can a picture of an icon that is on digital media (cell phone and MP3 player) be venerated like a regular icon?
No. Such an image is a virtual image, not a "real", tangible one. See my earlier post:
Regarding digital images on a computer screen, or stored on a hard drive: such images are not "made of matter" as a printed or painted icon is. It is when the image is printed and therefore "made substantial", that it can be venerated as an icon. The common custom also is that any completed icon, painted or printed, mounted or framed, is blessed by a priest on the church altar, then it is ready for veneration. http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,28278.msg445969.html#msg445969
Perhaps the most strident argument against the veneration of icons used by the iconoclasts was that of "worshipping matter", i.e. venerating things made of wood, paint, stone, or other earthly materials was idolatry. Of course, the iconoclasts were quite mistaken, as they missed the point that humble, fallen, earthly substances were sanctified through the incarnation of Christ. We do not worship the wood or paint, nor the paper and ink, but we venerate what (or who) is represented on the icon. The material, tangible nature of icons reflect the immaterial God becoming material, tangible flesh. A JPEG file on a hard drive or an image in a digital picture frame or computer screen is immaterial, a mere shadow.
Icons are made of tangible, material substance, and are made for the specific purpose of veneration as part of our liturgical worship and personal devotions. Likewise, a Bible or Gospel book is regarded as holy, by all Christians, not just us Orthodox. (Spit on or trash a Bible, or even place it on the floor, in front of even a sola scriptura Calvinist, and see how far you get ...) It is a book of specific content, printed and made for holy use, and it is, like icons, chalices, and other such holy objects, real and tangible.
I have no objection to reading scripture off a Kindle for convenience's sake, but I would draw the line at venerating the device - no. Alveus put it very well:
I would feel strange about venerating the electronic device because it is not an absolute symbol of the Holy Scriptures. These devises can be used for good and evil, for Scripture or pornography. Because of that, I think veneration is inappropriate. A tangible Bible is a Holy object by virtue of its contents.
That being said, I think that such devises are perfectly acceptable for personal study and refection, and might likely become the standard in the near future. But veneration seems inappropriate.
Human beings can do good or evil, yet we reverence eachother as persons bearing the image of God. If I don't show reverence to an e-reader when it is displaying the words of Scripture, am I not disdaining the Scriptures. Can God sanctify binary code?
Why not simply cross yourself as a sign of reverence to the scriptures after finishing your reading?