Those who know me, know I despise the new Kindle and other such gadgets. Call me crazy, but reading involves more than just words on a page, or as in today’s reading society, words on a tiny screen. It invokes memory and imagination, not just from the interpretation of the words but from the full experience of holding a book in ones hands, the smell of the pages, the sound of the binding…I could go on and on. Reading is tactile. It involves all of ones senses.
So someone please explain to me how you can get all of that sensory overload from an electronic book medium.
Many of my friends, who shall remain nameless in their betrayal, love their Kindles and such. So, it’s good to see someone out there is in my corner. This is what I received in my Holiday Notes from Watermark:
The book business has always been under some kind of black cloud.The swirling storm of the electronic book medium is one we treat the same as Kansans treat a tornado warning. Go outside and see if we can see it. We never do. We hear it, we see the devastation, but few of us have actually seen the storm. I find this similar to the news I hear about Electronic Books. That is, despite the warnings of the physical book being lost in the vortex, book sales at Watermark Books & Café has been up by double digits this year. Business is up at my colleague’s stores across the country. Barnes & Borders were supposed to sweep us away when they blew into town, and news of their companies is not so good these days. The storm is out there, but not in our front yard.
Don’t get me wrong; tornadoes and the fragile future of the book are real to me. I just think the end of the physical book is farther off than the news and buzz would have us believe. Book clubs continue to thrive. Readers meet authors and want to have a physical connection to that experience. Books still change lives and will continue to do so because of the intimacy of reading—of losing oneself deep inside a story. A well-loved book is a precious thing.
Well said, Sarah.