I love, love, love, love books.  Yes, I’m speaking of the kind with covers and pages, they take up space, they’re bulky, trees and heavy machinery were probably used in most of their making.  Would most say that the ‘greener, smarter’ way to go is the electronic book that shows up by way of nooks, kindles, or pads?  I definitely appreciate the convenience of the readable gadgets from a traveling, space saving perspective, their effortless, paperless efficiency…..but to be honest, I don’t think anything could ever replace the ‘organic’ experience a REAL book gives us….flipping the pages, setting them on a shelf snugly amongst others, stuffing them in a bag, doodling notes on the pages, carrying them in your arms…..the clicking, the scrolling, the images under glass…it’s just not the same.  I have books everywhere…I take them to the garden, I take them to bed, I take them in the car, I take them to the hammock….I’m never without a book…I refer to them over and over again…..there is so much to learn, so much to ponder, so many to choose from, there’s fun in sharing them…the excitement of finding an old tattered vintage one to leaf through. The sight of a book always brings a smile….a bunch of digital files and folders and thumbnails have never conjured up even the slightest of grins…(unless of course I thought it had been lost).  Will there be a day when ALL books and reading material are only available on our computer devices….have to admit that would be a very, very sad day for this girl.  

Cheers to a good old fashioned book!  What’s your thought on the matter?

michele.

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  2. Laurie S. says:

    I, too, love, love, love, love books! Real books, with their wonderful tactile feel and smell. I love browsing the shelves of my ever-growing library, and I too, miss those still stuck in storage boxes until I can set up more shelving for them. All of this shift from paper to electronics – not only in books and other publications, but the loss of the hand-written letter and personal journal. I remarked to my husband just yesterday, that I can imagine a time – a thousand years from now – when future generations will no doubt imagine those of our time suffered a mass extinction, and ponder what must of happened. All of today’s electronics will be long obsolete and useless. Will our generation, and those to immediately follow, leave any permanent, retrievable record of ourselves? Or will it all be lost to an electronic format that ceases to be relevant every six months or so? We MUST keep a ‘hard copy’ of our lives.

  3. Mimi says:

    Whoopsie.. no way to edit my earlier post.

    I must clarify. My Kindle currently has 287 books on it. I’m currently READING the 4 books I mentioned.

    I just find it kind of ironic that we’re all writing these comments on a computer, yet an eReader which is totally ours to load up with books of our choice, ad free and safe from prying eyes is criticized.

    I have made 3 cover/carriers for my kindle, one made from recycled upholstery scraps, another loosely crocheted in a nice thick yarn and felted to fit, and another made from an old book cover, recovered in fabric collages.

  4. Mimi says:

    I love my Kindle. I love reading on it, downloading a new book or sample of one in minutes, and I carry a whole library of books with me all the time, where ever I go, except maybe the shower or bathtub… but I may try it there as a friend suggested putting the reader in a waterproof zipper bag to keep it dry while reading.

    I often have 3 or 4 books underway at once, choosing one depending on my mood and time available to read. I’m currently carrying around a how to book, a mystery, volume of short stories and a classic 19th century novel… all in one convenient reader, which is in my hand made, fitted protective cover. Oh, and I can read for two weeks on one charge.

    I also have a home full of books, overflowing, stuffed in nooks, shelves and crannies… taking up tons of space and ultimately, ecologically unsustainable. I resisted getting an eReader for a long time, but now? You’d have to pry it from my dead cold hands.

    The comments above are rather one sided and I thought I should present another viewpoint.

  5. Vickie says:

    I have loved books since a child and I agree strongly there is no feeling like the pages of a book, I have books from when I was a small child and have a very hard time with parting with any book and steadily adding more to the many books I have , HOORAY for the written word!!!

  6. Joanne says:

    When I was a little girl, I regularly visited our main library. One of my fondest memory of growing up was the smell of the books…there was something magical about it. Ever since, I have been drawn to books. I also have books in every room of my house and in my car (you never know when you’ll to wait for someone). I have been able to connect with many people in the park, at airports and other places by asking them about their books. I have such a love of books and how they make me feel just holding them. Sorry e-books, you just aren’t the same.

  7. Sonja says:

    Oh gf! You said it! Nothing beats the sensation of reading, devouring, a fine novel. Being able to flip the pages, back and forth if you read as I do, constantly trying to “put things together,” is an exciting feeling. Pouring over the words and contemplating the thoughts, feelings, actions, and any and all things the characters are experiencing just couldn’t be as intense with an e-book. There is something about the “tacticle-ness” of an actual book that can’t be beat. Yeah, so books rule!!!

  8. Yvonne says:

    As much as I love my computer and all the things I can do on it including all my many pictures I love taking, I’d never want to be without hard copy books! Unless something “extreme” forces us to stop producing books, I doubt that will ever happen…..at least not in our life times!

  9. Heather H says:

    Tempting as those e-readers are…I still prefer a good old fashioned book. I like paperbacks just fine :) I LOVE hardcover books even better. There’s something about the feel of the pages between my fingers. You can’t replace that :) :) :)

  10. Heather says:

    I’m happiest when in a bookstore or library. It’s like this sense of calm comes over me. Completely agree with everyone here – I love my books!

  11. May says:

    I completely agree. I love books. My husband and I like to go to the library on weekends and I’m so happy there. I love looking at my full bookshelves, and I think longingly about my 10-15 boxes of books that are in storage. I miss them. You put this so well!

  12. Carol says:

    Books are irreplaceable. I love the tactile experience, the smell – everything about books. I have stacks by every chair. There is NO WAY I’ll even own an electronic reader. Besides, they’re not recyclable!

  13. Tracy says:

    I ardently agree! I cannot imagine my life without books and cannot see myself reading books from an electronic device. The touch, the smell, the sight of books on a shelf makes my insides feel warm and fuzzy. Working on my library and never intend to stop, even if that means books in every nook and cranny of each room.

  14. Dawn says:

    I concur, whole heartedly. There is not a room in my house that does not have a book in it. I don’t plan on ever owning a digital book thingie. Ever.
    Peace~
    Dawn

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