An article in the New York Times caught my eye today. It would seem that rumours about the death of printed books have been greatly exaggerated. E-books have not sent traditional books packing as many predicted just a few years ago. In fact according to the Association of American Publishers, e-book sales fell by 10 percent in the first five months of this year and have been slowing down or leveling out for a while now. The sale of e-book reading devices has also taken a nose dive, with consumers preferring to use their tablets or smart phones. And lets face it, even the most hopped up digital junkie hasn’t completely forgotten the experience of reading a printed tome. Digital devices can easily become a source of stress, when things jumble up and don’t work properly, whereas a book is always a relaxing experience. No knobs to turn. No buttons to push. No technical glitches. If you think about it, when the power goes out, or the battery is empty, your smart phone, tablet, e-book reader or computer are just worthless pieces of over-priced junk. It’s hard to read an e-book on a device that is dead; you just sit in the dark holding an expensive piece of plastic. But, staying with the scenario of a power outage or a dead battery, if you have a candle and a printed book, you’re good to go, anytime, every time. Digital books have their advantages and their place in today’s world, but nothing beats the experience and pleasure of immersing oneself in a real book, turning the pages and holding something wonderful in your hands…


The New York Times article can be accessed here:


Photo taken in Paris in May 2013.


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