With the advent, and hype, tied to the iPad, I can’t help but take a foray into my favorite topic that is only ancillary to the law itself, if at all: books.
I love them. I love to hold them while I read them. I love to make notations in the margins or underline an especially thought-provoking or well turned phrase. I love the smell of new print, the feel and sound of turning the pages. I love to see them on my bookshelves, to remember and to show off my reading exploits, to provoke conversation and discussion. I love fiction and non-fiction, alike. I love to share them, to loan or swap and especially good one, and I love to hear that someone has enjoyed a recommendation I gave them.
What is the future of the book? I saw this comic the other day:
And then today I saw that, in addition to the 300,000 iPads sold over the weekend, over 250,000 iBooks were sold, too. Is this the demise of the book, as we know it?
I hope not.
For me, the bookshelf is more than just a storage place for the books I have read–it is a trophy case and a reference library, a discussion piece and a treasure.
Will the book go by the way, though, as the iPad and Kindle rise in prominence?