I am a big reader! my Father was a PRINTER.(so was Ben Franklin) Although having a thin kindle(or nook etc) to hold with my wrist missing bones etc. would be easier, and less painful than holding up a book at night to read; I will never own one!
I truly believe some technology is going too far. Craig Ferguson (who I adore), often makes a comment about a book or a newspaper, "for all you young people out there, a newspaper is a long, papery blog" (basically the same thing as the books)
There is nothing cozier to me, than seeing a shelf full of good reads in someone's home, or a complete wall of books (as in my LR...and then some, LOL) The ones on the shelves are either compilations or complete works or reference books. my 'mindless' reading...though I hate that term, are in boxes in the computer room, if I plan on keeping them to read again (mostly Dean Koontz, James Patterson, John Sanford, Patricia Cornwell and a few others).
picture from coastal living magazine
Books to me, mean "home", as much as a cozy throw over the back of the couch, and fur babies.
I also think books show signs of intelligence, and the eagerness to learn, explore, discover.
Yes you can read these things on electronic devices, BUT...
has anyone stopped to think about the collapse it will lead to? Look at "Borders"...NATIONWIDE CLOSURE!!
Less people working for publishing houses, printers and printing presses no longer needed...lots of humans losing their jobs, their livelihoods. I think it is a crying shame, that NO ONE thinks about that when they come up with this stuff.
Now for a quick aside:
**Large scale printing press...My Dad worked in this atmosphere most of his life for a large textbook company; (they may have made other books as well, I'm not sure...but I remember being so proud in the 5th grade bragging to everyone that our "Social Studies" books were printed by my father) "American Book"
**When we moved south (I was 13...1973) he went to work for a "Mom & Pop" printing company; "Bird Letter Service" and he worked on , the ever popular "A B Dick" printing presses, later on my 2nd (present hubby) worked with my dad for about 9 months or so as an apprentice, and he enjoyed it.
Just like those robotic voices on the other end of the phone asking you to please press "1" etc. There used to be a lady or 2 doing those jobs, fielding phone calls, and sending them on to the right person.
Maybe I am old fashioned but I'll take a real book (even if after a few chapters I have to stop and rest my hand and wrist) over an electronic gadget for reading any day or night.
I also prefer my phone call being answered by a voice that is controlled by neurons and a pulse to that of a computer chip!
How about you?
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