Why Not?

A Book? What’s That? by Hersh T.
November 26, 2009, 6:18 pm
Filed under: Hersh, Uncategorized
The true value of a good book seems to have been lost in this new time of electronic “developement”. Now, the only reading successfully and willingly completed by yound adults often, is that of text messaging or facebook. These types of reading, while obviously used to augment the normal reading skills, should in no way, replace the traditional system of reading. True reading provides one with an avenue for escape into, preferably, a new and intellectual world. This outlet is necessary at times and can help one regain their grip on the world and allow them to be able to regain what was lost while, “LOLing” and “BRBing”. When one utilizes the “boat”, or avenue to freedom, that a good book provides, the person’s whole outlook on the world at that time can change. Often, if one was angry or frustated at somthing, a book will help calm the mind and the person, allowing them to get caught up in the petty worries of the protagonist, whom they know will be happy in the end.
Why then, if people are aware of the danger that electronic reading introduces, does this type of computer “reading” occur?
There have been many articles and such about the differences between reading online and reading with an actual book between your hands. Personally, the idea of always reading something electronic scares me. The idea that I will not be able to hold a book, turn its pages, smell its musty scent, and be able to close it with a positive thud that I can feel throughout my body worries me and frightens me. I love books. Books are the one thing that will never judge you, they provide you with an avenue of escape, they provide you with a pathway into the future, and most of all they introduce new ideas and new thoughts into your mind while at the same time entertaining you like nothing else. What would we do without books? I believe that Carroll, unintentionally obviously, provided us with something to latch onto our once very well read past. When an author writes and absolutely FANTASTIC work the idea of reading is once again introduced into our society. As always, we must now wait for a new author to capture the interest of the people and be able to contribute more that just a petty story that briefly enertains us. I can not wait. Please let me know when you discover a book of this sort.

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I like what you said here, Alex.

“Especially when I finish a book, I want to be able to flop it closed and get that feeling of finality that comes with the end of a good piece of work.”

There’s something about finishing a book that is really important, I think. It’s not like reading an e-mail message, or text, or a tweet. There’s a sense of accomplishment with finishing a book — that you’ve invested a lot of time and thought and concentration, and you’ve accomplished something. It’s a skill that will take you far! Very often in our lives we have to sit down, concentrate and work hard on a project. We have to be able to immerse ourselves in that project. And if we’re good at that skill, the end result will be that much better and more satisfying.

Do you agree?

Comment by Tyler Reed

My school librarian is a great person to get on the subject of eBooks – she HATES the very notion of them with a passion!

Comment by Drew Buddie

I heard an NPR interview with this woman while driving home from Thanksgiving. As an experiment she tried reading a favorite book four different ways: paperback, audiobook, Kindle, and iPhone. While I’m very committed to my paper reading, she made some good arguments in favor of other methods.

Comment by Sarah

Books will never disappear. They are too important. Although this is a hard statement to back up, too many people like books for them to go away. The satisfaction of reading a book is unrivaled. If books were to disappear, what would they do wit hthe constitution, or the original edition of War and Peace? Just put them on the internet? I find that hard to believe because of my love for books. I do share some of the same concerns as you do, though. It seems that every genereation that passes by, becomes less involved in books. My parents love to read, even more than I do. Our generation does not like books as much. Our posterity can easily be affected and hopefully we do not continue on this path. It is frightening to think that books may not be important in the future. I just do not want to accept the facts.

Comment by Derek_M

I love these lines

“The idea that I will not be able to hold a book, turn its pages, smell its musty scent, and be able to close it with a positive thud that I can feel throughout my body worries me and frightens me.”

I totally agree. Especially when I finish a book, I want to be able to flop it closed and get that feeling of finality that comes with the end of a good piece of work. But we can’t get that on a computer. Once I finish reading something online, I always find myself looking for that extra link or side-note that most websites have. And I’m sorry, but there’s a difference between killing a page on a screen and being able to put an actual book back on a shelf and just look at it for a minute. Reading online makes the experience so much less real for me.

Comment by Alex F.

Excitement. Just reading this made me want to run to the nearest book store or library and take out a nice smelling novel. I really enjoy reading, and I agree nothing can take the place of pages between my fingers. It scares me that there are now things like Kindles, which is a book, that’s a computer. To be honest it’s all awfully confusing. Blackberries, iPhones, laptops, plasmas, flatscreens, iPods, cell phones, and every other form of technology is slowly taking over simply joys in life. Kids can’t even go a day without some form of technology. It’s all a little bit sad. I agree on what you said about authors awakening the book nerd inside us and driving us to go read their book. They have the power to remind us what reading is all about.

Comment by Caroline M.

I believe reading something via a Kindle or something like that electronically is the same as it is turning the pages. Except for the fact that the electronic book is not something that someone can manually turn the pages with. People still read the words and digest them in their mind. I think I read in article somewhere, When the radio first came out and they had radio shows people were scared that it would diminish the amount of people reading books.People believed the same thing when TV’s came out. It’s true the amount of people reading books has diminished due to electronic things, but books will never die. I also believe that paper books won’t be replaced by electronic devices such as kindle for a long time. Books with paper will always exist as they have for many years.

Comment by Adam K

Yes Hersh, that does frighten me. I can not imagine when we do not have any more books. I love reading, so not having books is pretty scary. I think that if we have to read on the computers, than we will start to have bad eye sight. Eventually someone will come up with something that will disable all computers. What will we do then? We will have to turn back to books and it will feel very foreign and it wont be any fun. I like your point when you said that we wont have the satisfaction anymore when we close the book and feel like we’ve finished something. I hope there doesn’t come a day when we no longer have books.

Comment by Colton C.

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