I am a lover of books, libraries and bookstores. I love how a book feels in my hands and how the pages smell. I love the smell of old books in the library and brand new books in the bookstore. Once in a while you can find me hanging out in Barnes and Noble with a stack of books next to one of those comfy chairs. I stay for hours! hmmm....I haven't done that in a very long time. I must go soon!
So, anyways, my husband bought a Kindle. I get that they're cool. I get the whole idea of saving the trees and stuff. But, come on! It's NOT a book! We joke about this all the time. He says I'm living in the dark ages. He says I'm an old fart. Well, I found this quote over on Kim's blog, Life through a Cracked Lens, and will be sure to show it to my husband who thinks he so "hip"!
"Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change, windows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind."
"Books are humanity in print. "
— Barbara W. Tuchman
So, what do you think? Which side do you weigh in on? (I promise not to yell at you if you pick the wrong side!)