eBooks versus Print

I have never been a fan of eBooks, though I did try.  I purchased one of the first Kindle tablets.   I was traveling a lot for work, and the luggage limits, while more generous than today, did not allow me to pack the number of books I would read during a long trip.

On my first trip, I forgot the charger.  Thus, by the end of the trip I purchased a book to read.   On my second trip, I plugged the charger into the adapter (I was overseas), and the Kindle died.  It was not totally ruined but something happened as I could not get it to turn on again until I was back in the States.  So in order to pass the large of amounts of time I had to myself, I ventured off into the city to find a bookstore that sold English language books.  Thankfully I found one.

More importantly, the smell of a book is one of the most endearing smells.  It brings me back to my childhood.  We went to the library once a week, and I loved those trips.  I almost always chose the same book.  I wish I could remember the title, but all I can remember is that it was about a little boy who wore a kilt. I suppose I gravitated towards that book because my family immigrated from Scotland.  Nothing will ever replace the joy of holding a good book, the feel of turning a page, and of sneaking a glance at the end (YES!!  I will admit that I do that sometimes!).

The article in today’s NY Times does not surprise me.  I once had a conversation with an executive of Barnes & Noble (happened to be sitting next to each other on the plane), and I told him that I did not think eBooks would ever replace hard copies.  He disagreed.  Maybe he is right.  I hope not.

Scotland Will Officially Be Giving All Children Library Cards

Fantastic idea in Scotland.  All countries should follow this example.

“Libraries can empower communities, often in our most deprived areas where we know that young people can have lower levels of literacy and numeracy,” Sturgeon said, the National reports. “Access to books and learning materials will help us to make sure that every child has the opportunity to get excited about reading.”