Demise of the Dog-ears

26 Apr

The smudge of soy sauce. The drop of red wine. The smear of a home-made Bolognese sauce.

An internal debate which has recently been turning circles in my mind. I love reading, but will I love reading on an electronic device? Pro’s and Con’s lists.  Online Forums. Everyone holds an opinion. Yes, these kindles, nooks and kobos all the claim to ‘recreate’ the physical book experience. But, I believe this is not possible.

You are not turning the page. Instead, you are smearing your finger across a screen or pressing a button. It is not the same.

The tactile nature of books. It is irreplaceable.

Then, there is the smell. The smell of old musty books that have sat on a library shelf for years. Or the distinctive ‘new plastic smell’ signaling a brand new book, hot off the press.

What about children’s books? Will they become electronic too? Somehow, I don’t think a pixilated version of ‘Hungry Caterpillar’ will do it justice.

Books don’t only hold words, they hold memories too. They hold markers of the moment where you were engrossed in a story. The dog-ear that you made as you shuffled out of the train.

The unavoidable ‘bookmark fall out’. Scrambling your mind & flipping through pages as you attempt to remember where you were up to.  Yes, it is annoying.  Yes, you waste 40 seconds of your life. But, it is just  another part of the reading experience. One that will be missed if we can ‘electronically’ mark the page.

Hand-made Bookmarks, I’d spend hours creating them. Admittedly, only my grandma was nice enough to actually use them.

What will happen to bookshelves? Mere decorations? Filled with no ‘new releases’ as they sit on your idevice.

There will come a time, where ‘grandma’ nix will have to embrace technology, but for now…I’ll curl up with a ‘book’ and a peppermint tea, thank you very much.

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