Sunday, November 27, 2011
Will ebooks have the same resonance?
One of the things I like most about having books on my shelves is that it takes me back to the time I read them. It puts them in my hand again and brings them to mind. I wonder if reading a book on an ereader will have nearly this effect. Ten years from now, will you look fondly back on the December you read The Ranger by Ace Atkins if you read it on an ebook? Will it stick with you the same way? Would Miami Purity have been the same in an anonymous gray box? What about The Great Gatsby, Double Indemnity.
I think the answer is no. The physicality of print books keeps them fresher for us. Even if the book is not in your home right now, it's in a bookstore, a library, somewhere you'll be reminded of it.
I think there is a place for ereaders, but don't throw the baby out.
I am sad to think that our grandchildren will probably never bond with books they way we have. Our disposable society marches on.