Paper books

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I
just
read
an
article
saying
that
paper
books
will
soon
be
a
thing
of
the
past
but
you
can’t
write
in
the
margins
of
an
electronic
book
or
hide
things
between
their
pages
or
inhale
the
lovely
aroma
of
a
newly
opened
book
or
physically
bend
the
edges
of
an
electronic
page
or
press
flowers
between
its
nonexistent
covers
or
FEEL
the
turning
of
a
paper
page
with
your
fingers
and
you
can’t
stack
electronic
books
in
piles
on
shelves
and
on
floors

paper
books
take
up
space
they
are
colorful
and
warm
and
have
texture
and
weight
to
them
while
electronic
books
are
cold
and
flat
and
I
wonder
some
days
if
that’s
what
we
are
becoming
ourselves

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30 Responses to Paper books

  1. Jayde-Ashe says:

    Absolutely love love LOVE this!! This sums up everything I believe in. Thankyou.

  2. You are so in my head! Just had this conversation again from the smells to the warm decor 🙂 Real books will never be replaced in my life.

    • No but they might be hard to find. I feel the same way. I just spent a couple of hours in Barnes yesterday. Every time I go there I’m afraid they will say they are closing. I don’t want that to happen. A book store is a wonderful place. I don’t want to exchange that for sitting in front of a computer ordering books I can’t touch…on line. OMG, that’s such a horrible thought.

  3. Forest So Green says:

    I am a book lover and I love your words 🙂 Annie

    • Thank you so much. I don’t see how we can stop it from happening and that’s a terrible thing. Trading in walking through aisles of beautiful books for few minutes in front of a flat screen. Blah:(

      • Forest So Green says:

        I miss independent book stores. So many have closed. I always think if I won the lottery, I would open a cozy friendly bookstore 🙂

      • I miss them too. I have spent so much of my life in bookstores and loved every second of it. When I feel blah-like I go to Barnes and wander the aisles, usually finding one or two treasures to bring home. Barnes is the only one we have left. I was part owner in a Feminist Bookstore and it’s so much fun and a LOT of work. The problem is that independents can’t get the deep discount prices when ordering from publishers because they only order a small number of books, as opposed to the chains. Therefore, you can’t give discounts like the other shops and you can’t make it because even if people believe in what you are doing they are not willing to spend the extra money to support your efforts. We had great programs and signings and they were packed but in the general day to day business…there just wasn’t enough. Independent bookstores are so important but they can’t survive…and now, neither can the big chains. Very sad.

      • Forest So Green says:

        Yes, it is very sad 😦

  4. Cubby says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Oh God I can’t believe this! I used Marilyn French’s work (Beyond Power in particular) for my senior essay project at Wayne State. It’s called The Shadow of the Goddess and I thought about putting it up by chapter on my blog. My my my ………….. coincidence?

  6. I wonder how many people looked at the titles of the books. LOL That was a good on (Beyond Power). Do it on the blog…that would be cool:)

  7. Genie says:

    Excellent. Can’t stand reading books on tablets. Gave away my tablet, it’s too hard on the eyes and the wifi so close to the body is not healthy either.

    • Agree but I’m afraid that’s all we may have in the future. No choices…I don’t like that either. Maybe we will have black-market publishers or we will have to buy paper books in dark back street alleys from writers wearing ski masks. I think the electronic books are good for some things…if a person need huge print or if someone is traveling and can’t decide which book to bring…it is lighter in weight but to think that it could replace paper books is just…awful…but it’s close to being a reality. I don’t see a way to stop it from happening.

  8. True. Some can’t read it already. It’s like a foreign language to them. Things change and that’s life even if we don’t like where things are going.

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  10. I love this. I think books will always be around. I agree with you though I love everything you said here!!! ❤

  11. Thank you so much. I hope you’re right:)

  12. sv says:

    Reblogged this on E'n'M.

  13. sv says:

    Pleasure’s mine 🙂

  14. Elephant says:

    I hope I am gone before books are gone!
    Elephant

  15. I understand. It feels like such a huge loss. But people adjust quickly and it won’t be long before anyone will barely remember the books we love so much. This is such a huge thing, however. It seems like there should be something we can do to stop it from happening but there isn’t…because this is the choice that people have made. Once they stopped buying and reading paper books, the death warrant was signed. Keep your books but eventually all of our books will fall apart due to light, temperature, and age. Generations from now paper books will be a historical artifact seen only in museums. 😦 No one can miss what they never had and they won’t.

  16. bgbowers says:

    Love Love!! I still don’t have any digital ‘books’. I still love surrounding myself with the real thing xoxo

  17. Nothing like paper books. They engage the senses and are works of art. xxoo

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