A couple days ago, I was talking with a friend of mine about my wife’s e-reader. She was looking into getting her own e-reader, and she wanted to know if my wife liked it. I said she did.
I explained the advantages of owning one, like being able to carry an entire library around with you.
After my friend and I stopped talking for the night, I realized something though. With everything going digital now, does this mean that publishers will eventually stop publishing paper books? I hope not.
Sure, it would be better for the enviornment, and it would be cheaper and faster to produce, but there are so many advantages to having the book itself. You may never pick it up again, but you can look at it on your shelf, and remember that time in your life, based solely on the cover. When you open up an old book, the smells issue forth are like friends visiting from the past. A book carries with it so many memories beyond just the story hidden within the pages.
I have played around on my wife’s Nook, and I like it. It’s light, easy to read, but doesn’t have the same feel as a book. If everything went digital, I would miss the texture of the pages, the motions associated with reading, and I definitely know I would miss getting creative with my bookshelf space.