The Book is Dead, long Live the Book!
This is one of my bookshelves. I am a lover of books, I like to hold them in my hand, to look at the cover, even to smell the paper.
With the arrival of the e-book, there is a discussion going on about whether the book as it is now will still be sold in a few years. Instead of trying to give a final answer to this question I describe in a few words how I will deal with the printed book and its electronic rival:
- I read a lot of fiction in my free time at home. I don’t see me sitting there, with a blanket around me, having a cup of tea at my side, holding an e-book reader in my hands.
- I read a lot of fiction in trains or other places not being my home. I’ve got the problem that I am a terribly fast reader – I am devouring books. That forces me to carry loads of books with me – either in my suitcase or backpack. I can imagine holding an e-book reader in my hands, with some twenty or so books in it.
- I can also imagine having an e-book reader when I am commuting to work and back.
So for me, it’s both. I’d like to try one of those e-book readers, but I never will give up the old fashioned printed book!