I got a Kindle for Christmas. Actually, I got a gift card and chose a Kindle for myself. It arrived yesterday and so far I like it. It seems like a great way to have the joy of words at hand on the go.
I chose for my first download a novel available only as an e-book. As I get a few chapters in, I'll share about that here. The first chapter is good stuff!
But I want the dusty books in my house to know something …
I still love you.
I have always loved books. I was that kind of kid. Not a real serious loner bookworm type, but I liked to read. And I enjoyed the tactile there-ness of books, their colors and sizes, shapes and weight and the smell of paper. I think I always will.
We creatives shouldn't stop making books, when we can. But we should be willing to try new methods of conveying and communicating our thoughts as well.
So I hope we enjoy the new alternatives as a broadening and enhancement of our love of language, and remember that a book can be art in itself. As Stephen King says, writing and reading can be a kind of telepathy.
It's all good, in all its many forms.
Here's a little video, celebrating books.