I realized I said in my first post that I was going to try to make every post have some sort of meaning to it, but I observed a conversation/debate between two of my friends today that really got me thinking. I’ll warn you in advance that this may not be the most interesting post; but I found the topic kind of intriguing (especially in today’s world with the constant advances in technology), so I’m hoping some of you will as well.
The conversation I’m talking about, has to do with reading books on eReaders, versus reading books the old-fashioned way. You know them… Those things you pick up and turn actual pages as opposed to electronic pages? They went on for a good hour about the pros and cons, branching out to other topics; but always returning to the original issue. One friend’s argument (we’ll call her Jane), was that eReaders are, : “A testament to the strides in technology our civilization is making. Fifteen years ago, something like this would have seemed like space age technology, and the fact that they’re readily available everywhere, shows how far we’ve come, and hints at progression in other areas; such as cures for terminal illnesses, and preserving the earth.” Jane went on to say that making books takes way too much energy and resources, in a time where we really need to focus on conservation and minimizing our carbon footprint. Plus, she made the argument that there are thousands upon thousands more titles available on eReaders than in any bookstore.
My other friend (Tess), argued that, “Buying and reading books on eReaders is the signal to the end of simpler times, and shows that we’ve gotten too dependent on all of our ‘toys’ that make life easier.”. She made the point that in the past few decades since we’ve gotten easier access to almost everything, that we’ve all gotten spoiled, and if something were to happen, we’d be SOL, because we have no idea how to, in her words, “live off the land.” She also said that in the last fifty we’ve done more damage to the earth than the previous 20,000 years combined.
Now, I honestly have no strong opinions on this; but I found it interesting to listen to/watch. I absolutely love reading actual books. Having them in your hands, turning the page, saving your place by dog-earing the page. I love it. I love seeing how far you’ve gotten in the book by not only the page number, but also each time you mark your place, it shows how deep into the book you’re getting. Although, even though I don’t have one myself, I’m not opposed to eReaders. I personally don’t see anything wrong with them, and I think it would be nice to have an almost endless abundance of books at your fingertips.
Either way, I’m the type of person who, when she finishes a book, is so totally and completely devastated that (in some cases at least) I’m done with a book, and will never hear from these characters again, I swear a piece of my soul dies for a bit. Okay… Maybe not that dramatic, but I absolutely HATE coming to the end of a book. Even worse when it’s an entire series coming to an end. Can you say head case? Anyway, what do you guys think? If there’s any of you out there reading, I’d love to hear different opinions about this.
Until next time!