Technology, love it or hate it, either way it’s here to stay. When personal computing started
becoming popular I dug in with both heels determined not to be drawn into the fray… based on the fact that I am sitting at my computer typing this post for an online blog, you can see how that played out.
Recently I used my Facebook status to help me research e-readers/ tablets to determine functionality and value. I have to admit I struggle with this purchase because 1. it isn’t a need and 2. participating with this electronic escape from turning a page irritates me. I can see where the technology is attractive on a number of points. I know I am not going to stop progress and this argument is not based on a pro versus con platform, this is completely from my emotional attachment to feeling the weight of a book in my hand, the smell and bond of the paper, the attachment that develops on a really well written book that says, this one becomes part of my bookshelf library. Falling asleep with an e-reader in my hand simply doesn’t feel the same when my eye lids inadvertently close and the e-reader hit’s my chest or face and I end up being startled awake as the cooling fan kicks on.
The idea of browsing is lost on me as well, yes the convenience of sitting on my couch and browsing thousands of titles, effortlessly, as if I haven’t already overdosed on convenience, isn’t the same as going to a bookstore or a library and letting the character of a book draw me before I even know what the title is or glanced at the cover design. Exploring various genre’s and topics… it’s like discovering a treasure and opening the pages is part of the journey into the story I always wanted to be part of but wouldn’t have realized it until hindsight unveiled it for me.
Between the digital realm we have invited into our homes and lives and the written realm that was and is, is me torn between the two not wanting to let go of the one while reaching out to touch the other.