And will they survive all the electronic devices, the movies, the audio formats? I did a little thinking about this the other day; the chart below holds some of my musings:
|Pros and Cons
|Ways to Read||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Traditional Books||Lovely titles on shelf, collectors love them, feel and smell, easy to lend, borrow.||Heavy, take up space, have to go to library or book store to get.|
|Audiobooks||Hands,eyes free. They are great in the car.||Hinges on voice of reader.|
|iPads, etc.||Light, many books on one device, great for travel, small size.||No pages smell, eye strain possible, lacks tactile feel of good paper, can’t lend or borrow easily.|
|Movies, Videos||Can see a whole story in 2 hours||No room for imagination as the pictures are there in front of your eyes.|
And then I thought of the years of joy I’ve had with my books. In my previous home I had a lovely library which I filled with fifteen hundred books, each a treasure. They lined up like soldiers on the shelf, a testament to my love of words and to the power of words. And even today with my reduced number, taking them off the shelf and rearranging them by author is a particular pleasure. I love to hug them like special friends.
So, no. Books will never be obsolete. There is just too much tactile pleasure involved in their reading, sharing, and enjoying.
What are your thoughts? Especially comment if you have a point I haven’t mentioned as this is a huge topic, of interest to the world these days.