posted on Jun, 16 2012 @ 02:11 AM
About ten years ago I moved interstate. At the time I couldn't fit everything I owned on board our transport, so one of the things that was
sacrificed was my rather large book collection, somewhere in the realm of 300 - 400 novels. Sold them off, donated them, gave them away, long story
short they were gone.
Each house I have lived in since hasn't really had the room for an extensive library of books, and wanting to get with the times, about a year ago I
bought an E-Reader. Nothing flash, just enough to store a few novels and something to read. What I liked about it was the fact you could have a
digital library, and swap in and out books of your choosing without the need for all the space. It was also easier to track down hard to find titles
online than it was endlessly searching book stalls and garage sales on the weekend.
Having moved recently into a new house though, one of the rooms is what I call a "through room." It has two doors, right in the middle of the house,
and is really too small to be used as a bedroom. I think the previous owners used it as a pantry, but as the kitchen has one, and I'm not at the mass
food stockpiling stage just yet, I decided this would be my library room. A week and a lot of wood later, I set out to the garage sales, and have been
slowly growing my collection of books since.
I got to sit down with a book recently, and I have to say, having the paper in your hands has a kind of warmth you don't get with an E-Reader. Sure,
it has mass benefits as I said, but at the end of the day, sitting in front of the fire reading a well-worn paperback is something I really have
So what do you prefer? The endless pages and easy storage of an E-Reader, or the worn, sometimes musty pages of a paperback?