Bookstore or Web-store?

Here I sit in a bookstore. I love the sight of books. I love the smell of books and I love seeing people read books. Then I see someone with their electronic book device, and yes, I have one too. I recently had a conversation with someone about “real” books versus the electronic books and we both agreed that we love the feel of the book, turning the pages, the smell, and the way the pages get worn as you read it. There’s something about walking into a book store, picking up a book, reading the inside cover, and deciding if it’s the book for you.

Now, on the flip side, I completely respect the electronic books out there. It’s easy, it’s fast, and it’s more portable, especially when you’re traveling and you don’t want your bag weighed down with books you plan on reading.  Also, as a self-publishing writer, I know that it will be a great avenue for getting my book out there in a way that a bookstore may not provide. I have been able to download books by beginning authors that I would normally not get to read, and I hope I will be able to use this platform when my book is ready.  Another way I’ve seen them used is in schools. Wow!! How nice would that have been when I was in college? It would have been nice to not have to carry a load of books around, instead,  just pull out my Kindle.  How convenient! The list goes on and on of the versatile ways the electronic books have changed our reading.  So I give them applause.

I have to think that I will stay half a traditionalist when it comes to reading.  There’s always a place to let in technology. I just hope there won’t come a day when there’s no book stores. I need them in my life. If you haven’t made a trip to your local bookstore, do so. So many people go straight to the web and have them delivered to their device or doorstep. It’s just not the same. You find gems when you walk through the isles, and you will pick up books you would normally skip over on the web. I also challenge you to pick up something that you normally wouldn’t read. You will learn something about yourself when you do.

Maybe one day, you will see Amelia’s Stoweaway sitting on the “New Arrivals” shelf (a smile just went across my face typing that). We shall see!!

Until next time….



Filed under February 2011

5 responses to “Bookstore or Web-store?

  1. Heather Miller

    I’m in agreement with you. I love a bookstore, but I’m also a gadget freak and love the new e-readers. My husband thinks that if I get a e-reader then we won’t have books piled up at the house, but boy does he have another thing coming. Which he now knows. There’s just something about sitting down with an actual book that can make your day.

  2. I agree Heather. Just because I have an e-reader doesn’t mean my shelves aren’t filling up with more books! By the way, thanks for reading my blog!

  3. Lola Gaunt

    Read recently someone predicts that 30-40 years from now, there will be no books!! How sad…. I remember as a kid, climbing up into the old apple tree with my book (to have a peaceful place to read and to get away from brothers and neighbor kids).

  4. angela suber

    No books. That will be a mistake. Teaching children to love to read on electronic gadgets will ruin the experience.

  5. Oh book store, hands down. Sure web store is convenient, but the smell of books, the feeling of turning pages, the color and the beauty of the book covers and … the real thing is far from comparison @ digital.

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