Sunday, April 10, 2011

Changing times... how much longer will we have books?

No books? Say it isn't so!

Each time I read a news article about changes in the literary world, I panic. I love books. I love the feel of them, the scent of them, the look of them. I haven't tasted them, but I'm sure I would love the taste of them too.

I have lots and lots of books. Some would say I have too many... but is that possible? When I heard about the demise of Borders, I cringed. When I walk into Books-A- Million and see the magazines spread out to cover the racks rather than jammed together to be able to fit them all in... I cringe. When I walk into Barnes and Noble and see the display of Nooks at the front, foretelling the future of the business, I cringe.

Imagine growing up in a time when books are oddities, where newspapers are only available on line and where magazines are so thin you can read them in fifteen to twenty minutes. Is that time now? Yikes!

15 comments:

Charmaine Clancy said...

I wouldn't worry. Since I purchase my Kindle, my physical book buying has at least quadrupled. Once you get into a book buying frenzy you buy paper books, audio books and e-books. If anything, I think e-readers are drawing more people into the book world :-)

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Mariodacat said...

I'm with you HH - I hope we always have books around.

Sammy, Andy and Shelly said...

Sadly, progress isn't always for the best.....sigh.......

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

I pray not. We have only ourselves to thank for this with the "quick fix lack of an attention span" generations that have come along.....the "Sesame Street Kids"....where everything changes with a blink of the eye.

Shakespeare said...

While everyone else seems to be condensing their entire library into a kindle, I'm buying more bookshelves! I've nearly filled the EIGHT separate bookshelves around the house, but I would guess that within a year I'll have the books teeming out of them.

I love the feel of a book. I suppose that will be just one more thing for me to be old-fashioned about.

Jeff King said...

I love books, I’ll never change. I think there will always be a demand for paper books; I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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