You realize the moment you fall into the fissure that the book will not be destroyed

No, wait — that's Myst. This is Power / Writing, a Choose Your Own InterpretationTM hyperesponse. Rather than constructing a coherent argument, I'm just going to throw a bunch of ideas in here, and you'll have to find your own way through them. (Or not. I'm exercising my power in writing this, but you can exercise yours by deciding what to read.)