Aug 8, 2011

It's all about the story

If you're a book person (and probably even if you're not), I bet you hear this statement almost every day, or something like it:

"E-books may be here to stay, but it's not the same as holding a real book in your hands."

Well, of course it's not the same. Then again, it's exactly the same.

When you read a book, you're not reading pages or paper or ink. You're reading words. You're reading story. And who cares if the words and story are rendered in pixels or on paper?

It makes no difference.

I'll agree that paper books are comforting. They are often very beautiful. But they are also heavy, bulky, and take up a lot of room in my bag.

I will always have shelves full of books. But not the thousands I have now. I imagine one day my book shelves will be filled with beautiful works of art that contain the stories I love best, first read on my e-reader.