I read in "Simply Einstein; Relativity Demystified" that if someone were to obeserve an object falling into a black hole, they would never actually see it reach the black hole. Is this true? If so, then lets say for argument sake, we made this object an Encyclopedia and we "the universe" observed the book falling towards the hole. Then we would never actually see it reach the black hole... so the universe would never actually lose the information. But then I geuss the blackhole would never gain any mass, since we obeserve everything that goes into it, so we never see any mass actually go into the blackhole. Which is contradictory or, atleast seems it, as many phenomena "depend upon" black holes "eating" matter for us to explain them.. But i babbled on a bit there; do we really never see anything going into a blackhole? Seems odd to me.