Thursday, February 6, 2014

Book Worm Rant

I think I've mentioned a time or two that I love books. Well, I recently saw the below meme and was offended by it.

Let me explain why...

Is this picture trying to say that 'real' books are better than e-books? That's the way this picture comes off to me, and I just think that's dumb.

Shouldn't we promote reading in whatever form? If a kid loves to read magazines, let's encourage it! {Trent loves his High 5 magazine he's been getting for years from Babs and Pops.} If a teen only wants to read on her e-reader, shouldn't we be happy she wants to read? If a young adult refuses to read it if they can't physically turn a page, let's celebrate that too.

I love books and reading in all forms and fashions. Hardback, paperback, old, new, electronic, even audio {which is totally cheating, ha}. 

I have a public library card and can't wait to get one for Trent on his next birthday. I love to go browse the stacks and read the flaps of books that catch my eye. I love the feel of peace inside a library. I love having a pile of books on my nightstand {and inside my nightstand...and in our office}.

I also love my Kindle. Through my public library card, I have access to the Central Texas database. I love how easy it is for me to instantly download FREE books and books for T too. Or how quickly I can buy a book from Amazon when I just HAVE to have the next book in a series NOW. I love to snuggle in my bed with the lights off, my fans {yes plural} whirring in the background with the glow of my Kindle screen being the only light in the room. I also love that e-books don't create waste like a 'real' book does. And I love that I don't feel guilty about finding space for a 'keeper' in my already cramped bookshelf - I can keep ALL.THE.BOOKS when they are electronic!

So that picture above offends me. Let's love reading in all forms and encourage our children to just read.


Anonymous said...

Agree the picture makes no sense, but if I had to pick, I'd take a 'real' book everytime. - AP

Karen M. Peterson said...

I am totally 100% with you on this one. I love "real" books that I can touch and hold in my hand, but I love my Nook too and the ease with which I can take it anywhere, download books quickly, etc.