Alright, so the title may be a little melodramatic. Just hear me out, though. So far the population using electronic devices versus the old way of doing things is steadily inclining. We don’t write letters, we e-mail. We don’t send carrier pigeons, we text. Instead of seeing someone face to face, we call them. (Somehow we managed to get even lazier than calling and texting was born.) I’ll be the first to admit that technology can be efficient and convenient. However, I believe it’s getting out of hand with the newest sensation: the e-reader. As an avid reader and lover of books, libraries, and everything that comes with them, I find these machines awful.
Have we really gotten as lazy as to not be able to turn pages and hold a book in our hands? Is it really that difficult to use a bookmark or dog-ear a page? People who like reading enough to buy one of these contraptions make me wonder why they even bother in the first place.
“It fits so nicely in my purse!” Yeah? Well your purse is probably the size of Texas, anyway. Why can’t you fit an easy read in there when you’re waiting at the doctor? “I can download hundreds of books on my e-reader!” I have another answer for that too; get a library card where there are literally thousands of books.
I was talking with someone earlier about the wonderful benefits of owning actual books. For one-and call me weird all you want- you don’t get that wonderful book smell. Old or new, the smell of books brings me more joy than I can even tell you. Also, if you drop a book, yeah it might bend a little. But if you dropped an e-reader you would probably either break it or at least damage it more than if it were paper. Another thing is that if you get water on a book, the pages might need to dry out and be a little wrinkly, but overall no real damage is done (unless you dropped it into a lake, then recovery time might be a bit longer). Dropping your e-reader into a lake would probably be close to dropping your phone in the lake.
I know a lot of people out there are thinking that I’m some crazy tree hater that wishes that global warming continues and thinks nature stinks. I’m here to tell you that I’m the complete opposite. Think of it this way, they have special farms for “harvesting” trees in order to make paper and there are tons of organizations planting new trees every day. Recharging your e-reader and using electricity isn’t quite good for the environment, either. This adds more on your electric bill every month and would probably cost the same as having a book light or a small lamp to read by.
All I’m saying is this, when the power goes out and we’re in total darkness and here we have people reading their e-readers, I’ll be reading my normal book and smiling to myself when the e-reader runs out of battery and dies.
Perhaps this is a little more passionate than some people would like, but I believe that books need to be stood up for. I treat my books like they were my kids. (I even put them in special boxes depending on genre when I move.) So here I am telling you all; Save the books and down with e-reader!
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