March 04, 2008

I'm old fashioned

Also, I'm old. At least, my birthday last weekend reminded me that I haven't been 20 for a while. In any event, in the comment thread to this post, Bill Quick posted the following comment:

Me? I’m busily emptying out my bookshelves, except for those items simply not available in electronic format. I’m an early adapter, but I expect that within ten years the only people still reading everything on dead tree will be the hopelessly stubborn old fogies who babble on about things like the “feel” or the “smell” of a “real book.”

Guilty as charged. When I learned to read, a vast new world opened up for me to explore. I go anywhere, any when and be almost anyone, all while sitting comfortably in my favorite chair: I was there at the Alamo; I saw stars being born; and I took part in intergalatic civil wars, fighting methane breathing aliens. Holding the book was part of the experience for me.

And that hasn't changed. I love sitting with a book not, unlike Giles on Buffy, for the smell or touch alone, but rather because the tactile sensation is part of the reading experience for me. Have I ever read e-books? Sure, and I'll probably grab my own e-reader some day. But I think that that day might be delayed a bit. I have too many books that I love lying around. Too, too many books. So many books that I might have to add on to my house. Sigh. But I'll keep on aquiring more because it's just what I do.

Posted by: Physics Geek at 03:07 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 My interests are not the interests of the masses. Too many of the really good books will be slow to show up in electronic format. MC

Posted by: mostly cajun at March 05, 2008 10:03 AM (1SMs4)

2 I actually have a 2BR apartment just so I have space for all my books. I take after my great uncle, who, between him and his wife, have enough books to be a legitimate library. In their Philadelphia row house, they still have boxes of books because there isn't enough space for all on the shelves. I am and always will be a true bibliophile. Reading online doesn't have the same feel for me, especially now that I'm coming to a point where I need reading glasses. It's much easier to move a book closer or away from my eyes than it is a laptop screen. Though I will admit a certain appreciation for well-written fanfiction. That's the only format I feel is solely appropriate for electronic consumption.

Posted by: Kat at March 05, 2008 10:20 AM (XDI14)

3 That's a good point, Kat. I've read lots of fan fiction in e-format.

Posted by: physics geek at March 05, 2008 04:06 PM (MT22W)

4 I find it a LOT easier to read on paper. Even blogs, if there's a lot of material, I will print out to read. Guess I'm OF too.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at March 05, 2008 06:51 PM (PvqFn)

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