A joke I got from a friend:
I was visiting my son and daughter-in-law last night
when I asked if I could borrow a newspaper.
‘This is the 21st century, old man,’ he said.
‘We don’t waste money on newspapers.
Here, you can borrow my iPad.’
I can tell you, that fly never knew what hit it…
It’s not unusual for discussions to turn slightly heated when the topic of e-books comes up. On one side, we have the die hard “let me hold a book in my hands and smell the ink” group, while from another camp we hear, “When I travel, I want ALL my books with me.” A friend brought up another valid point for the e-book side: she had arthritis in her hands and finds it quite painful to hold a heavy book for any length of time. For her, the e-readers are a godsend.
How about you? Do you prefer the feel of paper in your hands, or the ease of toting the entire volume of the Land of Oz books wherever you go? Personally, I’m on both sides.
There is nothing as sweet as the fragrance of a brick and mortar book store, the ink, the paper, the glue… Or a store filled with used books, old ink, old paper, old glue, old dust, and maybe a cat or two. The used bookstore in my home town keeps cats on the premises in order to discourage mice from munching the inventory.
I like books, and I like reading, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like my e-reader, nor do I eschew print books. I like them both. Equally.