Yesterday my wife and I visited Barns and Noble Book Store in Augusta, Maine. As you first walk inside the door you are met with a display of Nook electronic book readers.
My wife and I are both of the generation that appreciates real books. Somehow reading off a screen doesn’t have the same cozy feel as turning the pages in a real book; and book cases, with books I have read and may read again, are a pleasing sight for me.
On the way home we were talking about the generational difference in the acceptance of electronic everything. I said I did not believe most young people today will grow up to be novel readers in the future - if writing contains more than 140 characters it is not likely to keep their attention – they would rather see a movie than read a book.
My wife made a point I had not considered. A change to electronic book readers may be environmental friendly. Forrest across the globe are receding. Paper production is a large harvester of trees and the byproducts of paper mills are major polluter of water and air.
I acknowledge that the time of paper books may be passing. I know this sounds like a cynical old man, but I still prefer paper books and am willing to leave the environment for the next generation to clean up.
Not the Nook