Books, Libraries

Justin The Librarian VS. E-Books

Lots of talk about ebooks, ereaders, and all that fancy stuff these days. I feel like I’m behind and I better weigh in.

WHY I DIG IT

  • C’mon.  What isn’t there to like about having access to tons and tons of books and newspapers available at your disposal at ANY time of the day.  Sometimes I don’t thinks things out in advance.  Sometimes I just want to read Walden dagnabit.  But my copy is at home.
  • It sure beats having to move/store/organize all those darn books in your house.  Anyone who has lots of books and has moved multiple times understands this.
  • I’ve used a Kindle and a Sony Reader Pocket Edition before.  They’re nice on the eyes.  I like the way the text looks.  They’re easy to handle and use.

THE BAD STUFF

  • Bragging rights.  There’s just something about showing off your book collection to a friend that comes over your house.  You know what I’m talking about.  We all do it.
  • Lots of people talk about how a “real” book feels and even smells.  I’m gonna have to agree with you on this one.  While it may not be a book, I still remember the smell of Weezer’s 1996 album Pinkerton when I first got it.  I love that smell to this day.
  • Just let us have and share our books with our friends.  Dear publishing companies, I promise we’re not going to drive you out of business.  Don’t become like the music industry and think that sharing is a vile four letter word.  It isn’t.  Sharing is part of who we are.  If you let us share, we’ll be nice.  Nice=profits.  I promise.

I’m not expert, but that’s my take on the ebook phenomenon. I myself am holding off a year or so on getting an ereader.  It all just feels so unsettled right now that I’d prefer to let natural selection run its course.

PS: This article helped me a lot.

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