“RealBooks” or E-Books
Placing a multitude of books back upon our shelves, I ponder whether or not these books held in my hand will someday be considered collector items or just "trash" to be disposed of when Husband's and my days are over. A recent evening of a Thank You Celebration is also on my mind. Youngest Son, most grateful for his published novels, invited some families who had read the rough drafts of his books before publication and had given honest and helpful criticism. A book theme was used to give structure to our evening and our guests were asked to bring a book or two to share with the rest of us. The idea was to elicit how these books had taught or entertained each participant in some way.
The evening was magnificent and seemed to be enjoyed by all. Husband and I decided our decorations would be the books that most influenced our lives. I had a grand time the morning of our celebration placing different piles of our books around the house. Those classics that have inspired our walk with the Lord, great literature, how-to books, thrifty tip books, and our favorites read to our children not so long ago.
Now as I hold these volumes in my hand (Husband said the day was like walking around with our best friends), I revel in the pages as I place them again upon our bookshelves. Some of our books show much use and bring back many a memory. Firstborn Son commented the evening of our celebration about his memories of our reading The Little House on the Prairie series under blankets in our drafty house and my heart remembers too.
Now I wonder though with all the emphasis on e-books and Kindles and Nooks and contraptions of that sort, if my books will someday be obsolete and I feel sad. One of my most wonderful childhood memories is entering the basement of my childhood library. It was an incredible building of stone and slate and the basement was the keeper of the children's books. Oh, the smell of the books and damp basement was like perfume to this reader's heart!
I look at these machines that now "house" books and I must confess I wonder about the future of what I call "real books." I tell my children this Nonna will not be reading books on those machines to her grandchildren. I want pages to flip through, covers with pictures to examine and books that show the wear of love and appreciation. Yes, I can see the frugal benefit to these e-readers and how the cost of books is less. And please don't get me wrong. I really appreciate the DHM who so graciously blogs here with free e-books for our consideration. I will confess that there is a nice collection of e-books on my laptop that I do scan from time to time.
It just seems to me that I do not read e-books the same way as "real" books. I love to highlight my books, fold down the pages I want to go back to, and even keep some of my most treasured books close. You should see my Bible! Notes and dates fill the pages as I cherish certain verses and make them my prayers.
Yes, I can see the handwriting on the wall. I have lived through many incredible technological advances and years ago would have marveled at the thought that I would write more with computer keys than my beloved pencil. I just wonder though if I will ever approach books on screen the same as I do those on paper.
So here is my question: Do you find that you read e-books with the same enthusiasm and retention as "real" books? I really would like to know.
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