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Opinion: Bookless Future?!? No No No No NO!

This post popped up on my MSN homepage this morning when I got to work.  I believe the headline was something like “Glimpse of Bookless Future,” so obviously I had to click on it.

Now I understand that a lot of people love their e-readers, and that’s fine. I am not one of them, and frankly, I was appalled at the idea of a bookless library.  Call me an old soul, but I think there is no comparison to the feel and smell of a book in your hands.  I love being able to run my hand across the spines as they sit on a bookshelf, trying to decide which one I want to pick up.  The fact that I don’t need electricity to read, just a good candle.  I just feel like a real, paper version gives so much more to the experience than tapping an arrow to go to the next page.

Am I the only one upset by this new bookless library and the possibilities it might bring in the future?  Sound off!!

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8 responses to “Opinion: Bookless Future?!? No No No No NO!

  1. Jeff February 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    A world without real books, hardcover and paperback, would be a place not worth living in. When I divorced and moved, my friends had no problem moving my furniture. What they were significantly less thrilled with was my 48 xerox boxes of books! While I’ve found new homes for some,I’m still acquiring and reading. Okay, I’m behind in my reading part but still, must have books

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  2. summerrain247 January 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I’m with you. I understand the practical implications of a book-less library, but I love the feel of pen and paper and the look of a beautiful book jacket. I will admit that a lot of my love of real books is rooted in vanity. I love looking over to the shelf to see evidence of what I’ve read lately. What makes me more sad than the idea of an e-reader society is the idea that people don’t read whole books at all. I have often thought about buying hard copies of the books that I read on my e-reader so that I can have those books on my shelf. Silly I know.

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  3. Sarah January 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I agree with you Krystal. E-readers definitely do have a time and place. Like you though, I hate the thought of technology replacing all the good things we have now such as real paper books and newspapers, etc. I think there is a place for both of them in the future. Im also the weirdo, however, that would own a real record player if they weren’t so expensive haha…though I love my iPod/iTunes as well.

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  4. EsperLydia January 6, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    I don’t have the space for the library I would totally own if i could, so my kindle is a necessity, but i do love real books, so i am torn on this. I think the idea itself is sound, but i don’t think it is practical for everywhere.

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  5. myria101 January 6, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I have an eReader, but I do love me a real book. I often buy actual books though because there are some books that I just want to have in my hand and read. Or if I’ve read it on my Nook or iPad and love, love, love it then I’ll buy the hard copy.

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    • bookjunkiekrystal January 7, 2014 at 8:36 am

      During the short time I had an e-reader (before giving it away), I read a couple of good books. Afterwards, I really wished I had actually owned them, especially since several were part of a trilogy or series (Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest for example). I do get the appeal. It just makes me cringe at the thought of libraries not actually having books in them!

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