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Posted by Penny4athought on Fri, 29 Apr 2016
Another Bookstore closing…Another Library cutting hours… I wonder just what is happening to the literary world.
I am of course old school and must hold that book in my hand. I am not an advocate for the iPad or nook or whatever title the digital book can be found on. I am not a lover of digital books.
I need the texture of the page and the simple weight of the tome in hand to draw me into that written world. Having thousands of books at your fingertips is marvelous and I agree. I like the availability of books but I prefer they be the thousands lined on book shelves not the ones glowing up at me from a hard, cold, unbendable device.
Walking to the store is healthy and once there I take my time and allow my curiosity freedom, reading the inner flaps of several books before I choose; it is all part of the experience. I know I must be a dinosaur in the eyes of techies but don’t you think my way preserves the social and human element in the process?
I wonder if 10 generations down the timeline we’ll no longer have hands or feet. Would they not have fallen off for lack of use? We will probably have devices attached to our heads that move with the scan of the eyes getting us information and advertisements by the second. Perhaps food will be bought and devoured digitally too. Who knows how changes evolve us… scary…Science Fiction scary.
Some things are perfect just the way they are. Books, bound and jacketed, are perfectly lovely don’t you think? And if you think about it …not every book will be sent to the digital press – and many great books could be lost in time.
Why am I so down about digital press? The Barnes&Noble in my neighborhood closed this year and I am utterly heartbroken. No more exploring the new releases, wandering the many aisles of choices or reading my new purchase over a cup of good coffee and across from literary companions.
Change is not easy - -so I do hope we can keep some of those idea sharing, gathering places like bookstores as well as the new digital world of books. .
Thanks for listening.