t doesn’t matter how many interactive gadgets tech companies create or how many e-books are published, printed texts will still be my first choice when it comes to reading material.
There is nothing as satisfying as creasing the spine of a brand new book, feeling the weight of it in your hands, and turning the pristine pages just waiting to have their corners folded. Even more interesting however, are used books. These slightly dog eared texts have passed through unknown hands, travelled to unknown places and have a life, a story, and a soul all their own. Sand might fall from between their pages — a souvenir from an unknown beach — or a faded receipt might flutter from between chapters, a forgotten bookmark, haphazardly used when the reader was pulled from its pages.
Unlike digital files, printed books do not discriminate. They can be accessed by people from all walks of life and by those who live in even the most undeveloped parts of the world. Books can be shared, lent and borrowed. You can write in them and stick post-it notes to their pages (no, this is not the same as doing it on a computer screen). These colourful texts bring warmth to spaces and create community.
No amount of technology will ever convince me that a screen is better than a page, or that a digital file is more practical than a paperback to read while lounging at the beach.
This post was inspired by Emily Temple’s THE 20 MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKSTORES IN THE WORLD on Flavor Wire. Check it out!