Books online

So it’s happening again where I am not finding the time to read or to update this. And there are points at night where I could read, but then I get so tired I no longer know what I am reading. Which is why I prefer to read in public, but I’ll touch on that in a later post.

Right now I’m starting to read “Dracula.” I never finished “Cannery Road” so I can’t talk about that yet. I do like it but for me I know if a book is truly captivating if I can’t put it aside for more than a day or two. I haven’t delved into “Cannery Road” in more than a week…

However, the real point of this post is the internet and books. Now I adore the internet, I mean blogs wouldn’t be without it and I really can’t imagine what the world would be like without it at this point. But it’s also ruining my life!! Newspapers are folding because of online media and now libraries are starting to go digital. I guess I’m just not supposed to have a job when I graduate. The two things I want to do most are copy edit for a newspaper or work in a library. And those jobs are getting harder to find. While I don’t think libraries are ever going to disappear, just the fact that people are starting to use the internet to read whole novels makes me sad. It’s just no where near the same experience as reading a book. The smell, the feel, being able to mark certain pages and passages. The joy of turning the last page. And browsing for books online? Nowhere near the same experience as walking the aisles of a library or bookstore in search of something new.

Plus, staring at the computer screen for that long cannot be good for ones eyes AND laptops are not even close to being as portable as a book. And don’t even get me started on electronic readers. I used to think I wanted one, but I don’t think I could ever bring myself to fully accept a big white piece of plastic in place of a soft, new paperback.


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