Love Letter to IRL Books

There is nothing like a pulp and paper book. A real tangible object.

Now before someone accuses me of being a Luddite, I will say that I love my e-books. I belong to Scribd (or I did). I buy books through every reading app on my tablet. Overdrive? Yes. And Netgalley? What a feeling it is to get approved for that coveted ARC. My tablet and ipod is full up with books both E and Audio. If I could have books downloaded directly into my brain, I would.

But walking into a bookstore is transcendent.

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Do they send serotonin into the air through the ventilation system? They must. What other explanation for my feeling of calm? A stroll down the aisles feels like being wrapped in a snuggie. And all those books. Stacked so neatly. Anyone of them could be mine.

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I don’t get the same feeling looking at a online bookstore. I just want to touch them all in real life. The publishers spend so much time and money designing those covers. The art, the colours, the texture of the paper. I prefer paperback to hardcover just for the variety of styles paperback novels come in. And unlike an ebook, I can see at a glance how big the book is, and therefore, how much time I’ll be investing in reading it.

As much as I like the convenience of ebooks, I know every time I enter a bookstore that I’ll always have shelves of books in my home. No amount of rational thinking about space, dust, or clutter can convince me otherwise.

**This post was inspired by my recent visit to a large bookstore.**

8 comments:

  1. I agree - I love paper books but ebooks are handy sometimes. I threw my iPad in my purse yesterday and found myself waiting for someone for almost an hour and pulled it out and read during that quiet time.

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    1. Yeah, some books are too big to throw in a purse.

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  2. I agree. I read ebooks all the time and borrow them from the library, and I LOVE the convenience. But if I read a book I love, if it's an Ebook I buy the paper copy. I want to see it on my shelves and pet it. :p

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  3. Hear, hear! I have been delving into my print books again after six months of almost exclusive reading on my iPad. I like reading electronically, but there is something about a print book that is just an entire experience.

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    1. Sometimes you have to go back to them. Just for that feeling.

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  4. Oh paper books will never ever be replaced in my heart. When I lived in New York, I had to adjust to the reality that I could not have as many or as large physical books in my life, because my shoulder would eventually dislocate from hauling them all around the subway. But I still love paper books the most. Coming back from the library with a huge bag full of shiny new books is the greatest feeling.

    (Buying tons of books is also a wonderful feeling, but I'm faaaairly broke most of the time so I can't do much bingeing in that way unless I'm on vacation. Damn you academic publishing!)

    (Academic publishing is the best and I feel so fortunate that it is my career.)

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    1. I tend to spend more on books I buy on vacation. There is something about being on vacation that makes that ok.

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