The Future of Books

So, there are quite a few people predicting the demise of printed books. Do you believe them? I sure don't. I tend to agree with English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist Stephen Fry who said, "Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators."

There is room for books and e-books to coexist. I own both and find myself drawn to the convenience of an e-book when traveling or reading at night (a backlit Nook is at my beside for when my husband demands lights out). Paper books on the other hand are my media of choice when sitting on the couch or out on a lawn chair. 

When it comes to shopping for books, paper wins out every time. You can easily scan covers and spines, pick up and flip through the contents, toss it in a real cart, ring it up and start reading (without worrying about battery life). 

My paper book buys lead to digital downloads later. If I come across an author after reading old school, I look them up on my e-book. Don't dismiss the continued relevance of print; pick up a paper book and see which digital path it will take you on.

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