Some things about a book I never paid attention to:
“Those of you who have seen my book, whatever you may think of its contents, will probably agree that it is a beautiful object. And if the physical book, as we’ve come to call it, is to resist the challenge of the eBook, it has to look like something worth buying and worth keeping.”
From Julian Barnes’s acceptance speech at the 2011 Booker Ceremony, on winning with his novel, The Sense of an Ending.
A Guardian article states at length how the book buying public are now being seduced by a book’s appearance as well as its content, how more care is being taken in the production and appearance of books. Generally, I don’t believe this is true.
The Sense of an Ending is a physically beautiful object; a compact hardback with dust wrapper containing a nice but simple design, all put together with good quality material. I think…
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For all the reasons that books are hard to read is why I love my kindle. I’ve had it for years. I can travel with lots of books. It doesn’t break my wrists if it’s a lot of pages. It doesn’t break my nose when I fall asleep. I don’t have a big house so I’m not interested in displaying all the books I’ve read. You don’t lose your place. It’s not heavy. I could go on & on. I love book stores and I feel bad about them, but I still buy my share of books. Trees are cut down. Well to some people it can’t be justified but that’s what makes the world go around. And yes I read in bed every night!! My favorite thing.
I love reading in bed, and again in the morning with a up of coffee! I’m trying to get used to my Nook;will remember all the advantages you’ve pointed out, especially when traveling! Thanks for the encouragement.