For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved to read. Nancy Drew always solved her mysteries. Laura Ingalls grew up on that prairie and thank goodness God showed up for Margaret. I remember placing my monthly order with the Scholastic Book Club and getting so excited upon its arrival and distribution. Times change and things are so different today. Of course, with the advent of the computer and increased technology, books as we know them are becoming increasingly obsolete. Textbooks are now being downloaded online so college kids can read them from the computer, people can download books to their kindles or nooks and bookstores as we know them are struggling to stay afloat. In addition, older books are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Beneficial knowledge lost forever to this and subsequent generations.
I am sad to see books as we know them go. Did you see the headlines this week that Borders is closing? Books are being substituted for more electronics. Is there anything that is not sacred anymore? Who would prefer to curl up with a bright electronic light rather than an old book? I cannot even imagine how hard it must be on your eyes to focus on an electronic reader hour after hour. What do these do to the health of the eye? Where are the double blind studies? Furthermore, these electronic contraptions completely take the fun out of reading. There’s no more turning the pages to see what’s happening next (The Monster at the End of this Book) or skipping to the last page because you cannot take the suspense of a mystery novel (Murder on the Orient Express). I’m sorry, but curling up with a kindle on a cold winter’s day just does not cut it! Why are we ruining the book?
Knowledge is power! The more we read, learn, observe the more wisdom we gain. Can it be that we are being lead into the dark? I don’t want to bring up conspiracy theories here but it does make you scratch your head. Especially since preliminary studies show that simple fonts on e-books make it harder for people to retain the information that they are reading. Apparently, a Princeton University study found that the harder fonts (like those in our standard books) require more concentration and thus the participant is more likely to retain the information. Yet another reason to save the book!
Just as most bookstores are going bankrupt or forever closing their doors, I found a jewel. Book Lover’s Paradise, located in Bellmore, New York is an absolute diamond in the rough! They have used and rare books, probably over 60,000 volumes. Look at this place! (http://www.booklovers-paradise.com/)
What a treasure trove of information! One can spend entire week here and still not see everything. What a joy. I’m in my element!
|Amnon Tishler - Owner, Book Lover's Paradise|
Technology is always growing and evolving. Evolution is a part of life. However, sometimes things are better off being left alone. Sometimes we get things right the first time. Why change something we know already works and is so ingrained in our culture? Call me old-fashioned but I cannot imagine life without books.
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