Sunday, August 15, 2010
Discussion: The Joys of Books
So, on Twitter this week, Roger Ebert has been making humorous posts about the experiences that one would miss out with e-books versus paper books. I've been thinking a lot about it and there are a lot of things I would miss if physical books became obsolete. I'm going to list a few and I would love if you added your ideas in the comments!
1. No gift books or written dedications. There would never be another "Happy Birthday! Love, Nana 1984". How sad is that? Not a lot of thought or personalization in a gift card, is there?
2. No book signings. What would they sign? I guess you could collect some sort of signed bookplates. Except they wouldn't be bookplates because you would have no book to put them in. They would just be pieces of paper.
3. No bookstores. Browsing on the web or on your device just can't hold up to walking through shelves and waiting for something to catch your eye. And if there aren't bookstores, where would authors go for signings anyway?
4. No spying on what someone else is reading. Unless you're willing to look over someone's shoulder, you're never going to know what they are reading on an e-device.
5. No loved and worn books. Every book looks the same on the e-reader, whether you read it once or a dozen times. You will never have the satisfaction of seeing a well-loved book on the shelf or the nightstand.
So, what else would you miss if books became obsolete? What would the world lose? Let's make the case for books here!
Treasuring my books for many reasons,