There's Something About A Book - Home Libraries Are Here To Stay
I Love Books
Who would have thought we would one day be able to download and read books on a device without actually having the paper book in our hands? They definitely make for space-saving and have nearly all the advantages of holding the actual book.
Still, people love their home libraries and most households have them. Many feel their homes are not complete without a display of books either on the mantle, bookshelf or coffee table. Will they keep them and continue to buy them as virtual books become more affordable and convenient? I think the answer is yes.
For many of us, we simply love the look of books on a shelf. Perhaps they make us feel a bit more knowledgeable. I wonder how many of us still own a set of encyclopedias, and aren't they pretty standing together in their sets so important looking with their gold lettering?
Many dens are decorated with built-in bookshelves that add to the comfortable, inviting atmosphere of the room where overstuffed chairs and a fireplace beckon to choose a "good" book, sit back, relax and read by the crackling fire.
Though assorted items might be displayed on a book shelf, one can hardly imagine at least a couple of books as part of a room's decor. Every furniture store has a section of shelving in various styles and sizes and most buyers don't make a purchase without considering how their book collection will look and fit on that particular piece.
I don't like book jackets. I appreciate their purpose, but they hide the actual beauty of the book and take away from the dignified structure of the hardbacks. I also like the feel and sound of the paper, and even the smell. The weight, the texture, the embossing, the design, the colors. All these attributes make for pleasant and soothing sensations that couldn't be enjoyed in an electronic device.
The downloadable books have their place and their popularity will certainly grow, but there's something about a book and many of us have home libraries that are here to stay.