BOOKS, ARE THEY FOREVER?

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What do you like about a book? The cover, name of author and title is what we see first. But is that the best bit or is it the feel of crisp new pages, or the smell of new ink. The excitement and joy of a new and intriguing story?

I like nothing better than looking round old book shops and charity shops for old classic stories. It’s the smell and the dog eared pages, even the writing of who it once belonged to. I would make up stories about the owner and wonder why they gave it away. The pages were so much thinner but rarely do you find them damaged.

Even now I find it incredibly hard to give away my books, I know I will never have time to read them again as there is always something new to read and finding time is hard. But your never know when you might need to refer to it or look up something.

Do you think books will survive this electronic gadget age? We are now buying eBooks, which are cheaper or even free to read. You don’t even have to have a kindle as iPhones, iPads and many other things allow you to read a book on them. Will people miss turning the pages and holding a book and even keeping it and lending it to friends.

Things change and improve so quickly I sometimes thing we don’t even have time to acknowledge that it’s all different. Personally I like to go and look for a book as picking it is as much fun as reading it. Will there always be library’s as even old books are being transferred to electronic reading. Lets hope that for every eBook you buy you also buy a book!

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10 thoughts on “BOOKS, ARE THEY FOREVER?

  1. My Christmas present was a Samsung 7 inch tab mainly to be used as an e reader because I carry a book around with me all the time, to work etc getting battered in my handbag. do I miss turning the page? YES i have only read one book on there and only a few chapters in. I went to town this week and bought myself a lovely copy of my favourite author F.Scott Fitzgerald ” Tender is the Night” and no way could that e reader match the artwork cover and the pages being turned. I escape into a book, with an e reader my arm aches holding it!

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    • I’m just so surprised how many free books you can get and the authors I follow on twitter give away free e books to. I think I am getting a bargain so have to have them lol will I read them???

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  3. Laptops, iPads and Kindles are all working there way into our lives from hospitals when we are born to our play schools and schools, our shopping and even our jobs as it gives us the opportunity to work from home. I have nothing against moving on but it’s hard for the children that do not get to go to the shop, park, cinema as the parents reckon they have all they need at home!

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  4. I heard recently the textbook will become obsolete as laptops and iPads move into the classrooms. I am a fan of the paper book, always will be. I suppose a Kindle could be in my future, but I’m holding off as long as I can and stockpiling shelves of new books! 🙂

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  5. It’s an interesting and enduring question. I also posted about this after Barnes & Noble’s recent announcement that 1/3 of its brick and mortar stores will be shut over the next decade. Only time will tell, but I have a feeling books will not be going the way of the dinosaurs in our lifetime.

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      • Here in Stoke On Trent (England) the last two years have seen closures of two libraries plus one mobile library, community centres, two swimming pools, facilities for the very young and very old. Our area is deprived and those facilities were badly needed. Central governmnet had cut funding to our local council and the cuts have been forced. Short answer to you question – to save money.

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