Book Sleeve

I love my Nook.

It’s easy to use and colorful.  All my little book images are alphabetical.  I can search.  It’s a wonderful yippee piece of technology, but there are certain books I still buy in hard cover or paperback.  I just have to.

I’ve been know to read a book on my Nook and then buy it in paper to put on my shelf.  Sometimes I never read the paper copy, I simply want to have it, hold it in my hand.  There are a few authors I always buy in paper because I love them, everything they write, and it feels…well, more personal.

When I buy a book on my Nook, it’s fun and convenient.  When I buy a book in paper it means I’m in love.  It’s a gesture, my way of saying to the author, “Your story is fantastic and I want to have it with me always.  Even if the batteries die or the electricity goes off.”

There’s a visceral reaction when I run my hands along books.  They’re tangible, soulful. Words on printed pages strung together and bound as they have been for lifetimes before me.  It’s essential.  I honestly couldn’t be without them.

When I was a little girl, my mother caught me tearing the pages out of a book.  I don’t recall why, maybe I wanted to make the book shorter.  I hated to read when I was younger.  Anyway,  I remember her taking the book from me and explaining that, “Books are very precious things.”

Truer words were never spoken.

My thoughts from the laundry room.  Fall Asleep Reading.

 

10 thoughts on “Book Sleeve

    1. Brie –
      Thank you so much for the compliment and the nomination. Unfortunately, it looks like I don’t qualify because I have more than 300 followers. Thanks for thinking of me and congratulations to you and your blog.

  1. Lovely. I’m the same, I buy books on my kindle because it’s convenient and some of them are so cheap so it makes me read outside of my usual genres, and I also like to support people that are trying to break into writing independently. But I LOVE paper books. I have shelves full and I like the way they look, not just the fact that I like to smell books. Just stick my nose in there and have a great big sniff. Nothing better! I like the feel of paper, and turning the pages. I like the way that they are heavy in your bag or pocket and that I still carry them despite that. I actually judge whether bags are worth buying on their ability to hold a paperback. I thought what you said about buying them on your nook and then buying them in print was funny! I do that too! I bought the whole Song of Ice and Fire series on my kindle before I bought the box set because it was much cheaper, but then I saw the box set in the Works for a reduced price and just got them without thinking twice. I knew that I already had them, but I wanted to have them in paper too. You know, just in case. I don’t know what in case of, but, just in case. Our house now has three copies of the whole series as my brother has the books too. It’s a bit mad really. Print books are more accessible too (maybe I should just write my own post on this!) Libraries just wouldn’t work with e-books. Not in my opinion. People would steal them, or you would HAVE to read in the library and not take the books away with you, which defeats the purpose of a library. And kids books don’t work on e-books because the pictures aren’t as big or as good.
    Bleh! That’s my penny’s worth (or rather pound’s worth!)

    1. It’s so great when someone gets something you write. You clearly get it, Alys. I too love the smell of books and the turning the pages bit is so true. I’ve never thought about e-books in libraries. Oh, I hope that never happens. What a loss that would be. Thanks for your comment.

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