A question posed today at my library's FB page:
"Electronic or paper - what is the future of the book? What are your preferences? Why?"
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"I don't have an e-book player, but I have to admit being captivated
by the simplicity of form and access of a recent guest's player.
I borrowed one from a friend for a week's trip one time
and liked the travel benefits of a single item.
But I've spent the last two thirds of a century with bound books,
and I love their heft, and the feel of the pages,
and the idea that this particular magic carpet
has, and will, transport others before and after my ride.
Fears: what will happen to the publishing industry,
the sacred places that libraries are,
and the opportunity for community that book stores and libraries provide,
should all our written material be accessed electronically?
And will the poor and disenfranchised be further "locked out"
of the means to knowledge and inspiration?
And what about the babies?
My children and grandchildren have been connected to "the book"
way before they were of the age to handle electronics.
Books in the play space, the crib, the carseat.--an extension of their very selves.
Will there be a time when these aren't made anymore?
I also am not convinced that anyone, particularly children,
should be exposed to a screen for the amount of time
that some folks enjoy having their noses in books.
I guess you can see my ambivalence.
I would feel a lot better if there would be a guarrantee
that books as we know them
could continue to coexist with e-books."
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How would you answer this question?