Books and pBooks

Alan Baxter‘s worldcon blog wrap-ups recanted a question at a panel that went something like:

“How long will it be before we stop talking about books and ebooks, and instead talk about books and p-books?”

I downloaded my first graphic novel yesterday (Girl Genius Vol1) and immediately wondered about what cool books and comics I could download for my kids. Then I was buffeted by the enormity of this. Chances are my kids will never have to decide which books they can fit into their bag when they go on holidays, never get the smell or feel of an old copy of a favourite novel. Never find scrawled notes from an overzealous uni student.

None of this is news to anyone, I’m sure. But I just realised it (I’m a bit slow on the uptake).

I’m going to have to work on this one. I’m not advocating a refusal to download eBooks. On the contrary, I’m looking forward to the new reading experience myself. I just don’t want them to miss out on potentially developing a love for books (and not just reading).

That is all.

PS The feeling was compounded when Miss Seven asked us last night for an email address (to email her grandparents).

Gulp.

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2 Responses to Books and pBooks

  1. Amber Hunter says:

    Paper books becoming obsolete… Now there’s a frightening thought. No sarcasm intended.

  2. Kylie says:

    I know exactly how you feel…I have been refusing to think about eBooks for a while because I just love my books, as objects as well as for their great reading. But I took the plunge and bought an e-reader and now I wish I’d done it sooner. I will never stop buying ‘real’ books, and in fact some of the books I’ve read on the e-reader, that I may not have tried when having to fork out $30-$40 as opposed to $10, I have now ended up buying in the physical form because I enjoyed them so much and wanted to have a ‘proper’ copy that could in no way get deleted or ‘lost’ in a computer or system meltdown.

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