Whenever I see the bookstore pictured above, I think of all the wonderful nooks and crannies that can be explored. And then I am reminded of how few true bookstores there still are.
I am as guilty as the next person, shopping online and acting as if I’m not missing out on a wonderful experience.
Yes, our neighborhood still has a Barnes & Noble, but the Borders across the street is long gone. And in the quirky neighborhoods where I could once find used bookstores and independent ones…they, too, are missing those venues.
Some say that the digital age will change our reading habits forever. Even while I agree, up to a point, I don’t buy that the printed word in its physical format is a thing of the past. There may be fewer bookstores, and online shopping may be something many of us do, but when we think of books, we often think of the physical book.
I, too, enjoy reading on my Kindle, which I’ve named Sparky. But at least 3/4 of the books I read are the print kind. When an author or publisher approaches me about reviewing a book, my preference is always for the printed version.
Here are some recent review books headed my way, in print:
What I Had Before I Had You, by Sarah Cornwell
The Edge of Normal, by Carla Norton
One Hundred Names, by Cecelia Ahern
And then there are libraries. Those places where we can still find print volumes. I regularly request books from the library (online, of course), and then receive an e-mail when they are ready to be picked up.
Saturday, I received these two library books:
Invisible, by Carla Buckley
The Things That Keep Us Here, by Carla Buckley
Feeling content with the continued availability of print books, I won’t mind occasionally downloading e-books. I believe I can have it both ways…for now, anyway. What do you think?