Rick is an software marketing guru who also author’s the Softletter newsletter for software company business owners. He is also someone who does a lot of trend analysis.
During our dinner, the conversation shifted to e-books. Rick is sure that e-books, when the devices reach the right form factor and functional features, will replace books. I said,”No way. I love books. You’ll have to take them from my cold dead hands.” (Very creative of me, eh?)
He couldn’t be convinced; but I know I love books. I know I love it when I get to add the latest read to my bookshelf. I love reading in bed and I love carrying a book with me when I travel. One argument of his was “aha – so how many books can you carry on a plane? Wouldn’t an e-reader be better?” My reply was that it didn’t matter because I can’t read that fast anyway. One book will usually suffice for a plane trip.
I love the different fonts that are created for letter presses. I love the varying quality of the covers and the paper. I love the feel of the paper.
It’s probably why I also always enjoy Charles Petzold’s many posts about his books. Today he wrote about digital vs. paper books and wondered about wanting to re-read a book after a decade or two. If it’s digital, what are the chances of the original technology/format that the books was delivered in still existing, or the device still even working. But if it’s a book on his bookshelf, no problem. Just pull it out and read it. Maybe a little dusty, perhaps some yellowed-pages, but there for all time.
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