A friend of mine recently got a Kindle for her birthday. She was very excited and reports that it is one of the best things she's ever gotten. I was surprised, as she's an avid reader, and I expected that she would miss reading real books.
She said she thought she'd miss them, too, miss turning the pages... but she's found that she doesn't, and is thrilled with her new electric book.
I am of another opinion.
I love to lose myself in every aspect of a real book. The introduction; I love the look of the book; it draws me in closer, and I examine if from all sides. The first touch; texture is enormously important... the feel of it underneath my fingers; sometimes course, sometimes gently worn, and the pages! Oh... the pages, some thick, and when I'm lucky, roughly hewn around the edges, or thin... like a parchment, delicate as a flower petal. Open it up and examine the inside; the style of the font and layout of the words that splay across the pages, like the skeleton of the body held in my hands, about to be fleshed out with the story that all of the words create. Breathing it in... the smell of a book is paramount; it tells age, care, quality... a whole other story altogether.
Familiarity attained, I find a comfortable cozy place to curl up and lose myself in the story between the covers. As on any journey, the first few steps are taken as there is yet another introduction, and the first few pages are turned, but before long, I am one with the characters, and hand in hand, we head out into their world, to share every experience until the last page has been turned and we take our leave of each other with the closing of the book, and the end of the story.
I somehow cannot find this experience with Kindle. I know it's great to have the convenience (is there anywhere you could take a Kindle that you couldn't take a book? The only power resource needed for a book is the imagination and a functioning brain...) and I know that we are progressing forward technologically. But what of libraries, whose hallowed halls I hold in a reverence on par with that of any giant old cathedral? I do not expect retrograde motion... I know that Kindle is here to stay, and it's a good option for some people. But I suspect that it will be all the rage for a while, and then, in time to come, something nostalgic and sweet will happen...
I think it will be the same thing that happened with cd's and records. Records made a comeback. There's nothing like listening to an old album, with the soft rustling scratch that accompanies the songs as the needle winds it's way around and around from the outside in. Many friends have smiled with fond sentiment when I put an old Beatles album on and we listen to the way it used to be.
So too, will be the way of books, perhaps, in years to come. Friends will slide them off of my shelves and open them with a reminiscent gaze, gently touching the pages, turning them slowly, and thinking how wonderful it was, once upon a time, to explore endless worlds in this way.
The power of charity sows deep in my heart, and I reap and gather the wheat in bundles and give them to the hungry.My soul gives life to the grapevine and I press its bunches and give the juice to the thirsty.Heaven fills my lamp with oil and I place it at my window to direct the stranger through the dark.I do all these things because I live in them; and if destiny should tie my hands and prevent me from so doing, then death would be my only desire. For I am a poet, and if I cannot give, I shall refuse to receive.-Kahlil Gibran
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