“We attach this mysticism and exoticism to the book- we hold a paper book like it’s the only possibility…You can book a book on an iPod or a Kindle. It’s the same story isn’t it? Is there really something mystical about printing a book on pulped paper?” ~ Christopher Harris in “The Future of Reading” Christian Science Moniter Volume 102/ Issue 4 December 20, 2009.
Personally, I would answer Mr. Harris, “Yes, there is something special (“mystical” is such a loaded word) about a printed book”. Far from being exotic, the printed book is a old friend who can fill a book-lover with a nostalgic glow. But none of this disqualifies or belittles the worth of e-readers, audio books, or books available online. It’s comparing apples to oranges in my opinion. Later in the article Mr. Harris states that it is the duty of the librarian to pursue and make available these new reading technologies. I agree with him totally on that point and the results are at your library. Library2Go is available to all patrons- so go load up your MP3 player or iPod with some good books before you head out over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house. Coming in March of 2010, e-books will also be available from Library2Go for you to download to your e-book.
So, I say let’s have our cake and eat it too!
Fun links for book lovers:
~ World’s Best Book Stores (librarians love book store too)
~ Book a colabortation between four artists