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I Read a Book (not a Kindle) Today........

Updated on May 23, 2014

Once there were great buildings with rows and rows of shelves, stuffed with thousands of Hard Covers.

The beach seemed to demand that I leave the Android & Kindle at home and bring a REAL BOOK .


Thoughts that came to mind while communing with a real book at Sand Pond on Cape Cod on a cloudy Spring day.............

I read a book today.

Its pages were of paper,

and the words were printed with ink.

It was heavy and old

and came from a dark, dusty place

something like a museum I think.

Some page corners were folded over,

others had notes that prior readers penned.

The old hard cover volume felt like a friend.

A poet long ago mused that he would never see

any poem or any tome, as lovely as a tree.

Today; I say that I shall never read or see

any Kindle book as great as the book MADE FROM a tree.


... --- ... (the meaning of these marks will be obvious to former Scouts, Military people, and people over 100.)

... --- ...

SOL - Save Our Libraries: Read a real book today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thankyou for the excellent comment.

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      Abba Elijah aka elijagod 4 years ago from Abuja - Nigeria

      Thanks for this wonderful and education hub.

      i really enjoy and have gained a whole lot !

      Thanks for sharing !

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks for the great comment TDowling. I am with you. Regarding the newspapers, circulation is steadily dwindling. Part of the problem is the internet and tablets etc.; but also the publishers are at fault for the dramatic increases. Single copy and home subscription prices have skyrocketed as the publishers try to force subscriptions to make up for lost advertising revenue. If the price of the product were cheaper, I think they would attract more readers and then be able to increase their ad revenue. Many times in stores I look at newspapers costing between $1.00 and $2.00 per copy and they only have 12 to 14 pages!!!!! At 50 cents, I would probably buy two different newspapers; but at a dollar or two, I often skip buying even one.

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      Thomas Dowling 4 years ago from Florida

      I totally agree with your sentiments in this poem, Billrrrr! (Wish I had your talent to write this comment in rhyme.)

      Let me add that I love the tactile feeling of a newspaper. Sure, I admit, news on the web is more immediate, but for me it will NEVER replace the experience of holding a newspaper in my hands and reading it whatever way I want: comics first, obits first, sports section first. back to front, front to back, etc. -- without interference from pop-up ads and videos.

      I'm a lover of the old Grey Lady - the NY Times. In order to have unlimited access to The Times' website you have to subscribe to the paper. I get the Times every Sunday and it's such a pleasurable experience reading it each week.



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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That would be a tragic situation breakfastpop, but you're right. If anything isn't written in 'text speak', soon most young people won't be able to understand it. I will never get rid of my books.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      It's so sad. Soon books will be extinct. But considering the dumbing down of America, nobody will know how to read them anyway!

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      ......and they have a million uses besides reading, breakfastpop. They can be used as paperweights or doorstops. I have even been known to pile up a few of the bigger ones and use them as stepping stools. Try that with a couple of Kindles, Androids or Ipods/pads.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I have a wall full of "real" books and I love them dearly.....,

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks Jodah. I am with you 100 per cent. One of the great pleasures for me in life was when the libraries in the U.S. (about 20 or 30 years ago) decided to let the patrons go into the stacks to get their own books. Roaming through dozens of aisles overflowing with books of all description, is a wonderful feeling. Prior to that time, you were required to give the librarian a slip with the titles that you wanted, and you had to wait while a library employee retrieved your books. I am going straight to "Addicted to Books (a bookworm's guide)" to read your work.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this, a poem straight from my own heart. I love 'real' books, in fact I am addicted to collecting them from second hand shops. One's with marked pages, turned corners and dedications to people are a bonus. I love the smell of old books and the feel in my hand.

      I wrote a hub, "Addicted to Books (a bookworm's guide)". Well done, voted up.


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