I vote for books!

November 19, 2009 at 7:55 pm

I am all for technology! In fact, I owned one of the first computers made by Apple called the Apple IIe released in 1983. My family purchased a Sony Betamax for us to watch movies on when the “remote control” was still attached to the device by a wire and there was one video store in our entire city. I have an iPod, iPhone and I Twitter, Facebook, blog and pretty much purchase almost everything online (and have done so since the dot-com boom of the late 1990s).

But books…don’t take away my books!! Yes, the Kindle and the nook certainly have a place in our world (incidentally I have a Kindle as well!) But should we start scanning all written materials and begin reading everything electronically…my answer is a resounding NO!

Books have been around forever (literally!) Besides providing entertainment, education, escape, relaxation and the like they are tactile and good-looking. Books are colorful, designed to attract and market themselves. Their covers alone contain beautiful photographs and art work.

While ebooks can clearly provide the content, in their current form they are rather bland. They are practical and can certainly offer immediate gratification in that one can make a purchase and subsequent download from almost anywhere (at least in the US). But that is not all that matters when it comes to books. I would take the sheer joy of exploring a bookstore anytime over the straightforward downloading of a title from a list.

Additionally, in terms of exploring, what about the implication of ebooks on libraries as we know them. Common sense would dictate that the rise in technology would mean the decline in library usage. In fact, the opposite is true: The percentage of US adults with library cards has risen from 62% to 68% between 2002 and 2008. Annual library visits have also increased from approximately 1.245 billion in 2002 to 1.440 billion in 2007.

So let’s discriminately enjoy the benefits of the technologies we are privileged enough to have access to and hold on to the familiar appropriately!

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