As you can tell, I obviously love books.
In recent years, as technology has advanced, the eBook has become a lot more popular, with the iPad and Kindle becoming the new book and bookshelf. Let me just say, I have nothing against this. I totally support having eBooks and readers that can store hundreds of books and make for an easy and portable read.
But give me a paperback any day!
I love being able to scan my bookshelf and pick out a book. Feel it in my hands. Smell that book smell. And just know that the book is about to transport me to a new world.
I don't feel that with my iPad and an eBook.
For me, I love being able to display my books for others to see, and I love to visit friends and see their collections and get inspiration for my next read. I just love having a physical presence.
With the rise of online book shops, people have begin worrying about the fate of the good old book store, which sparked the formation of Books Are My Bag in the UK. But why aren't people worrying about the rise of the eBook?
We've seen people worry about how the online world will see the demise of the physical world. How many people buy music online instead of CDs? What about online movies instead of DVDs?
I am reminded of the song 'Download This Song' by MC Lars which talks about how people downloading music will see the end of CDs and DVDs. Doesn't this also cover books as well?
I'm not trying to say 'stop buying eBooks', I'm just saying that people should buy physical books every now and then. Pull your face away from the screen and pick up a real book. Turn real pages. Feel the book magic pulling you into the story.
Give me a paperback any day!