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Updated on May 10, 2011

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It Just Makes Me Sneeze

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.

-Christopher Morley-

Growing up, I was one of those nerdy children who looked forward to going to my local library. From day one, my mother had instilled in me a great love of books and all of the knowledge that could be acquired from opening one. I loved looking at the shelves and shelves and rooms and rooms of books. I used to dream of the day when I could say I had read each and every one of those books.

When I listen to people talk about their ebook reader or Kindle, I have a difficult time keeping my mouth shut. Being raised how I was, I could never use one of those devices. While I understand the convenience, it’s just too impersonal for me.

I imagine that people felt the same way I do when the printing press was invented. With this invention handwritten books became a thing of the past. People must have struggled with how impersonal it was. While it allowed for books to be mass produced which made them cheaper and more accessible, for someone who had only read books written by hand, it was difficult to accept. Yet, accept they eventually did.

In my opinion, these gadgets can never truly replace books. They are popular, but I’d like to think they are just an expensive fad ($300.00?!?). Looking at a Kindle, you see no history. You don’t smell the years it’s been on the shelf. You can’t feel the hands of the people who have borrowed it since its birth. When you hold your Kindle, you are holding a young, electronic piece of plastic that only existed years ago in the world of Star Trek. Given the choice between using something that could freeze on me at the most inconvenient moment and using something with dusty pages that makes me sneeze, I’ll pick the latter. I don’t mind keeping the tissue people in business.

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      L.A. Walsh 9 years ago from Lowell, MA

      Makes perfect sense, Birte. I hope that can happen. :o)

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      BirteEdwards 9 years ago

      Lowell, neither do I, so we need to find a good middle way. A little off the topic, but maybe books could be made of recycled paper, then we can both have the cake and eat it.

      That would be so nice

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      L.A. Walsh 9 years ago from Lowell, MA

      FP, I'm glad you enjoy the smell of books too! :o)

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      L.A. Walsh 9 years ago from Lowell, MA

      Birte, that is very true about the trees. I hope I'm not alive to see books become obsolete though. :(

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      Feline Prophet 9 years ago

      Ah the smell of an old book! The first thing I do with a book is sniff it, much to the comic dismay of those who know me well! I don't think I could ever get used to an e-reading device like Kindle.

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      BirteEdwards 9 years ago

      I am like you Lowell, love the feel and touch of a book. I have tried reading books on my computer, and it tires me out. I have not yet tried a kindle, but that will come one day.

      As much as I love the feel, touch and smell of a book, and I would not want the world to be without them, there is one more aspect. Books demand paper, paper is produced from trees. Trees take a very long time to grow, and I want to have my trees as much as I want to have my books. But a choice may have to be made. A sad choice.

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      L.A. Walsh 9 years ago from Lowell, MA

      You're right, Teresa. It is good for people with limited space and for students trying to avoid back pain. However, I can't imagine ever using one. I like the feel and smell of books too much I guess. Thank you for your comment! :o)

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      Sheila 9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      They can't replace books, no. But I'll buy one some day; same way I buy old editions or love to pore over illuminated manuscripts in museums. I can foresee a benefit for students being able to carry all their textbooks in one small reader and for folk like me who live in a limited space. I won't part with my books, but I'll add to my collection with a Kindle.

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