Monday, March 29, 2010

Long Live Books!

I am trained in library sciences. So I know that information is not solely contained in books. As you can see I blog, therefore I have connection to the Internet. Sometimes Im too connected for much of my own good. Before any of these facts came together in my life I was a reader of books. I spent many days in the corner of my childhood drugstore reading books and magazines from the newsstand; spent many hours learning in libraries and at home reading favourites like the Hardy Boys, and Run Silent, Run Deep. So I have no difficulty in saying I love books.

The book has been taking a beating lately. There are many people that are much younger than I who think its concept is outdated (for that matter, theyll extend the argument to libraries too).Why everything you need, as it concerns knowledge, can be found on the Internet, is how their position goes. No matter what Amazon tries to do in automating books or Google tries in digitizing all books of our collective past, a book shall remain the first mobile device that dispenses knowledge, passion, and love; will likely remain after all its competitors batteries have died and cannot be replaced.

On this subject I conclude with an excerpt fromLiving with the Kindle by Dr. Ted Bishop:

The greatest thing about the physical book is that its physical a memento, a pelt bagged in the great culture hunt, a coaster for a coffee mugand you can lend it to as many people as you like. Its not a tracking device. The e-book reminds you why people value books in the first place: a book is not just a carton of information, it’s a psychic space. A place of solitude, private, unconnected, free of digital noise.


5 comments:

Michelle said...

That's why I still own my Encyclopaedia set!

Just a Prairie Boy said...

If I could crawl into that Encyclopaedia, I might never come out.

Mission Musings said...

I love books, too! And yet the social network scene now steals so much of my time! Too much, in fact!!

We are selling all our books at the fund raising concert the board is sponsoring for us before we move to Halifax. We own over 500 books! It's difficult to let go of them; particularly those that are old classics, and those that are brand new.

We have an old encyclopedia set (nearly 100 years old) called, The Historians History of the World. It's not just the information and how it's disseminated, it's the beauty of the books themselves, with their dark green hard covers, thick paper with ragged edges, some not yet ever opened, and their beautiful parchment pictures!

I love books!

Anonymous said...

I will always love the feel of opening a book, the smell of a new book, the look of a very old book, and needless to say, I always have one or two books on the go, and read every day. :)grr

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