I flipping LOVE books.
I love the carefully designed covers.
I love the smell and the feel and the texture of the pages.
I love that the typeface and paper are chosen by the authors and offered up like gifts.
I love that Miss Carol and me have filled our home with books that plead- read me, no, me, read me.
I love the soft comfort of a good book.
So it was kinda a cold hard slap of reality when I downloaded my first “book”? Miss Carol had given me an iPad and I hadn’t done much with it until I was faced with the boredom of the tractor-trailerin’ school breaks. I had to do something, sitting there all alone, so I “bought” Carl Hiaasen’s Star Island and read it during the classroom breaks.
And ya know what?
It wasn’t too terribly bad. Not the book nor the experience. Reading a book on an iPad is kinda like kissing with a mask on- the intent and want is there and you’re missing out on the lips, but, hey, at least you’re still kissing, right?
So will I become an eBookworm? I don’t know. I’m not sure if I’ll ever download another book or if Star Island will languish all alone and lonely on my iPad bookshelf, digitally forgotten as I caress the pages of a new hardback while it whispers to me-
Sometimes taking a break, intentionally or not, is a good thing! That was a GREAT blog! Laughed out loud at the end! Hope everything is going great! Be cool! Lonely, outsider tractortrailerin’ dude!
I gotta agree with you on the ebook thing. I want to feel and smell the pages!! (Maybe its just a book nerd thing… 🙂 I’m all for saving trees…. but…. okay, not when it comes to books!! Especially when some of us stare at a computer screen most of the day- I want my recreational reading to be a totally different experience. Not more screen reading. So I get it. Totally.
Fuck trees. They’ll grow back. Print me my books baby!
Aaahhh but you can’t put it on the bookshelf so everyone who comes over to your house can marvel at how many books you’ve read.
See. SEE. There’s that too.
I hadn’t thought about the marvel factor.
I have so much to say about this I might have to write my own post about it.
(Imagine that. Me. Writing a post. For my blog. Amazing.)
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