So maybe, I kind of hinted to some of my family members that i might enjoy one of those e-book readers come birthday/holiday time… and i haven’t felt right ever since. I had never considered getting one… I never thought i would enjoy one, and i figured they were probably too high-tech for me. But more than that, I thought they would probably be a passing trend because people would miss books, and their pages, their smells, textures, pictures, colors… But what the hell do i know because apparently everyone loves them. They talk about how much faster they are reading, and how convenient and compact they are… and this is all spoken with an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm. I do not typically engage in further discussion over their changing relationship with books. For a moment i may wonder, “do you miss anything about the books? Have any regrets?” I assume they do.
So do I think I would enjoy this revolutionary gadget, given the overwhelmingly positive feedback? Sure I would. Do I think they would be too high tech for me? Most Likely. Would I miss books? Of course i would! i would miss the sound of the pages when you flip them in the middle of the night. i would miss using my pink highlighters in them. i would miss being half done. I would miss buying books for fifty cents at the second hand store. I would miss stacking them in pretty little piles on shelves and cozy nooks in my house. I would miss the graceful words curving over pages. I would miss so many groovy book marks! i would miss the cute little fold in the middle! Aww. What else? …Oh yes, libraries. I suppose libraries have been centerpiece to some of the most special places in my certainly sheltered world. The curious library next door to my house on Old Main St, only open on Monday and Thursday, with the Arrow heads and skulls upstairs. The sailboat library that docked next to my grampa’s sailboat in the summer. The orange town library that was orange inside because my dad designed it. You probably get the point.
So I am finding my place somewhere in the middle of this debate i’m having with myself. I will love my e-reader (and boldly attempt to figure out how to work it) if i ever come across one. and if i do, i will certainly never get rid of my beautiful, delicious books.
What would you miss about your books?
What book would you miss the most?