I’m about to be travelling for the holidays.
Over the next few days, I will pack my suitcase and painfully head to the airport – “painfully” because I will repeatedly have to stop and check that I have, in fact, put my passport in my backpack, and then check that the passport is mine, and then that the passport didn’t fall out when I checked to see that it was in fact there and that it was in fact mine.
But eventually, there will be a moment where boarding passes will have been printed and security checks will have been passed and the immigration officers will have stamped my by-this-point-quite-sweaty passport. And then I will go to the bookshop and spend a glorious 20 minutes rifling around for something to read on the plane.
Even though I have an entire library of books stored on my e-reader.
Because the book is not dead. And because there is something deeply satisfying about in-person browsing that has not yet been replicated by the Apple Bookstore.
Happy Christmas Eve!
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Kosta December 27, 2014 at 11:22
This was on helluva interesting inforgraphic, thanks for sharing.
I have an e-reader (a Kindle Paperwhite – which is the best one in my opinion (but don’t get me started on that)), which I use often (mostly in bed – thanks to its silent page flipping and built-in backlight (I’m getting started on that it seems). Anyway, point is, I continue to buy books. I just love books. And I love my bookshelves. And when I visit other peoples’ homes, I love examaning their bookshelves. It says a lot about a person and you can also rapidly figure out what you have in common.
I tend to only buy hard-cover books though, since thhey keep better, which makes me wonder what my primary buying motive is – it’s not so much the “I get to hold a physical book in my hands” that many people talk about (I honestly don’t care about how my book smells); I think, for me at least, it has more to do with my considering my bookshelvf as some kind of asset that I’ve invested in, and whose make-up defines my character.Reply
Kosta December 27, 2014 at 11:24
Holiday typo monster attacked me hard, to that point that I feel a disclaimer-esque reply is warranted. Happy holidays Jayson!Reply
Jayson January 21, 2015 at 14:24
Kosta – I am totally running at your speed. This quote from Nassim Taleb in the opening chapter of “The Black Swan”:
That said, I feel like there is also a place for read books. For me, they’re a kind of grand visual personal timeline. I can skim through the bookshelves, and see who and where I was and am. Which maybe gets a little overboard poetic – but sometimes, that’s the only way to describe it. I don’t keep all the books that I’ve read, but I keep the ones that were impactful. So it makes total sense to me that you’d want hardbacks. That type of reading is more valuable than cheap paperback fiction.
It wants a dustjacket and a spine.Reply