your thoughts on e-readers?@Anonymous
Like, there’s something sensual about a library and the books with frayed and broken bindings telling you how many times hands have touched it. My own personal library tends to be read more by me than my e-reader I received from my sister. It’s the whole physical contact thing and becoming enamored partners with a book in all its glory (cover, text, feel, smell). And like, I feel part of the author is engrained into the paper and the words are read on the ancient life of a tree more so than on a piece of technology (not as sensual in my opinion). However, e-readers are nice for trips, or a quick grab as it’s a mobile library. And there’s no paper trail from deforestation. Which wouldn’t be so bad if we’d start giving after taking but corporations aren’t altruistic especially in giving. Anyway, I’d like to see a book of mine in print, if only once (so perhaps I am a little biased).
A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called “leaves”) imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time, proof that humans can work magic.
- Carl Sagan