The Past, The Present & Future of these Things We Call Books


When I was a kid, one of my favorite smells was the smell of a book.  There was nothing like it, and there still isn’t, but times are changing, and though I must admit that some pretty cool stuff has been and probably will be invented, I’m going to miss flipping the pages when I read my children a bedtime story.

From the original hard back Golden Books, The Berenstain Bears, The Baby-Sitter’s Club series, and numerous Judy Blume classics, time has changed, and so has the way books are made.  There are no longer the hard back covers of the Golden Books, The baby-sitter’s are grown ups and probably have their own kids, and these days, children don’t know who Stan and Jan Berenstain and Judy Blume are.  I always had a book in my hand, and often, got made fun of by my brother, but I treasure each and every book I’ve ever read.  (If only I knew exactly how many!)

Right now I feel that we are at the end of paper and at the beginning of reading books on computers, iPhones, Blackberry’s, Kindles…oh, and don’t forget about the Nook.  (Now, don’t get me wrong, I have a Kindle, and love it, but as a book lover, it’s hard to call my Kindle a book!)  Every single time we turn around, something new has been created for us, but is this a good thing?  I understand that by making books electronically, it is and will be cheaper, but will that make books obsolete.  Right now, according to http://www.dictionary.com, the word book means, “a written or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers.”  When technology gets tighter grip on books, what will the new definition?

Until I need a power cord to “open” my book, I will do just fine with flipping the pages!

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