What do you think ~ will printed books go the way of the rotary phone? Gone ~ relics of history, kitsch…forgotten?
I hope not…
Think of it…
No more pages to turn or fold down;
No more knowing exactly how much you read & how much there is to go;
No more bookmarks needed ( there goes a whole industry! );
No more reaching for a loved volume from the shelf;
No more the crisp sound of opening up a new book or the aged scent of a vintage volume;
And when a book is really in your heart, no more of the satisfaction, regret & longing felt when the last sentence is read & the book is closed shut.
And wait! …what a about public libraries?
I enjoy reading printed books. The librarian at my elementary school, Mrs. Candy, (I swear that was her name – what kid could not love her from the start?) made reading a joy and her library was, well, like a candy shop for me. I loved going there weekly with my class to select books.
I relished scanning the spines all neatly in a row on the shelves ~ all the possibilities right there to look at and touch. Pulling from the crowded shelves the books that struck me in the right sort of way. The thrill of checking out your pile. Then bringing all those stories home in your hands. I liked that a lot. Still do.
Aside from reading real books, I love to decorate with them. Maybe in a way this is preserving the printed page. When I see tables & tables of books at estate sales, I often think how sad. All the time & effort that went into the writing, editing, publishing, even shipping. So I scoop up the pretty ones, the classics that I like to collect and even ones just because the spine is the right color.
I resisted then gave in a bit. I do read somethings on a ‘device’, but I really do not enjoy the act of reading as much when the source is electronic. That is funny, even ironic, coming from a blogger isn’t it?
The rotary phone is gone because a better phone has been created. That makes sense. I adore my iphone. It has improved my way of getting things done. But e-books really haven’t improved, for me anyway, the experience of reading. I don’t find them an improvement over what we had before. What do you think?
Apartment Therapy rang in on this issue. Click here to read what they have to say. Hint, I like them even more now. But I adore my husband and he is firmly in the other camp on this topic.
I bet you have a thought on this. I’d love to know what it is? Am I hanging on to the past? Should I just clear the shelves & embrace the e-book?
** Kelly **