Maybe it’s because I’m a huge book worm. Maybe it’s because I was one of those weird kids one didn’t hate being sent to their room because I knew I could read. Maybe it’s because I’m really antisocial and socially awkward. All of those are probably true as to why I like to read and why I love books. And that’s why I’m going to support books in their fight against technology (aka e-readers).
So, oh boy, you have an e-reader. You have a light on it and can read a million books anywhere you want. Well, too bad. It doesn’t matter to me. My books can’t die when the battery dies. I realize that to read in the dark, book readers need a book light or a flashlight or some outside light resource, which can die. However, the batteries can literally die on e-reader’s books. When my lighting source dies, all I have to do is find another or flip the switch on a lamp. I can still read my book. When the e-reader dies, you can’t just turn on a lamp and go back to reading. No, you’ve lost all your books until it’s recharged. Ha! I win. Score one for books because they can survive. Plus, I can read a book anywhere, too. Don’t think your special because you always carry an e-reader in your bag. I’ve taken a book with me everywhere I’ve gone since I could start reading (And, no, that’s not an exaggeration).
Speaking of surviving, books can survive for, well, almost ever. I realize that technically the digital copy of a book has an eternity for a lifetime. However, I can argue that one. What happens when Nooks and Kindles are replaced by some super new e-reader technology? Then you are either stuck using an old e-reader that will be hard to find books for and parts for as it ages and what kind of techie wants to use an old piece of technology? Or you buy the new one and lose all of your books because the new technology probably won’t be compatible with your already owned files. Doesn’t that just suck? Well, you see, if you had actually bought the book, then this wouldn’t be an issue. The only technology you need to read a book, you were born with. And, while, books do start to wear and tear with age, with proper care, they last a very long time. They can certainly last long enough to survive your lifetime. And maybe, long enough for a few more generations to enjoy it.
Which is another point for books, you can secondhand books. Now, I’m not an expert on e-readers so you may very well be able to give someone your digital copy once you are tired of it, but I’m pretty sure you can’t. You can’t go to a used digital bookstore and purchase a book from decades ago. With books, you can. I love secondhand book stores. They are cheap. They are filled to the brim with books. You can find books that are of print. And they have that wonderful smell (something I’ll get to later). Going to Wonder Book is one of my favorite trips to make. The first time my boyfriend and I actually hung out, we went to Wonder book. Plus, I’m usually confident I can find a book I want there eventually as long as it’s old enough. All my Shakespeare and Edgar Allen Poe came from Wonder Book. A series I read when I was a kid, I only was able to buy from there. Most of all, they are really good about filling my Stephen Kind habit. They have mounds of his books and I’m able to pick which ones I want with which covers I want. I searched for over a year for The Colorado Kid because the SyFy show Haven was loosely based on it. It was out of print and a very small novella so it proved very difficult to find. That is, until one day when I was at Wonder Book and held it up in triumph (and may have done a littler happy dance). Do you get that feeling of triumph when you buy a digital copy? Can you get rid of your digital copy and make someone’s day like the previous owner of The Colorado Kid did mine? I don’t think so on both accounts. Plus, your e-reader can have its memory fill to capacity. It’s kind of hard to get enough books to fill a house too much (Note that I said fill a house. You can definitely fill a room or bookcase. I’ve basically done both so we’ll see how it goes filling a house).
Now, you may be like my oh-so-lovely professor who told us yesterday that no one likes getting secondhand copies of books because they are an old and ripped and smell. Well, he’s not exactly a person I would associate with ever so I think he made a harsh generalization that is entirely false. Sure, there are some secondhand books that are ripped but either you deal with it, fix it, or search for a better copy. As for them being old, that’s kind of the point. If it’s out of print, how else are you going to get it? Plus, old books are the best. And that’s because of the final thing he pointed out negatively–the smell. E-readers don’t get that awesome old book smell. It’s one of my favorite in the world. It means the book was loved and it represents all the words that are inside of it, creating this wonderful story that is about to take you on a journey. Sniff your e-reader. What does it smell like? Cold plastic and metal? That’s not love. Love is a paperback that just found a new home and is about to bring joy to it. His statement is kind of like saying you shouldn’t buy a puppy that was given away because it’s old, smelly, and maybe a little beat up. Those are the sweetest and cutest puppies sometimes and you can make them just as happy as they make you by giving them a new home.
My final argument in defense of actual books is that there’s no Disney princess that loves e-readers. That would be a stupid princess.
However, there is a princess who loves books. She even sings a song about it. And that princess would be my favorite one ever–Belle. I mean Beast did give her a library to win her over. And then she taught him to read by reading Romeo and Juliet together (In the DVD version that was released a few years ago around Christmas with that really bad new song in it. Yeah, that may have been one of my favorite Christmas presents ever). And with a far dreamy, faroff look and her nose stuck in a book, there’s no denying she’s a funny girl, that Belle (Yeah, I may have not had to look up those lyrics because I’m super lame). I’m just saying. Disney princesses are the best and none of them love e-readers.
I know that eventually I will probably have to give in and get an e-reader. I will fight tooth and nail against it for as long as I can thought. I can’t see book stores going completely out of business. Every time I go in Barnes and Nobel, there’s a million people buzzing about. I don’t know how long the other chains can hold on. I mean, we did lose the best one ever–Borders–so I don’t know if Books-a-Million can last but I think Barnes and Nobel can stay strong. Plus, books stores will never lose all their customers as long as I’m alive. I foresee me having an e-reader but still buying books. I don’t care if an e-reader can have me reading almost instantly. It’s not the same and not as good.