I was reading the other day a quote from JFK Jr who said on the death of his mother, that she died surrounded by family, friends, and her books. Apparently, Jackie’s books were very much a part of HER, her personality, her sense of self.
Up until recently, people could browse your bookshelves and learn a lot about you–what your interests are, your range of topics, favorite authors, how much you read (or at least buy books).Okay, so I'm going to mostly talk about the whole e-book versus physical book debate because that's the underlying question here, right?
More and more, though, this is changing. People aren’t buying books so much as borrowing them from the library. Or reading them on their e-readers or computers. There’s nothing PHYSICAL on the shelves to tell strangers in your home, for better or worse, who you ARE.
Do you think this is a good thing? Bad? Discuss!
Personally, I like hard copies of books. I don't own an e-reader and at this point, I don't really want one. However, I do see why so many people read e-books! They're environmentally-friendly, cheaper and you can walk around with more than one. I also understand why people just don't think it's the same as reading a 'real' book.
In regards to how I feel about people not knowing about you based on the books on your shelves.. I don't really think it's such a huge deal. If I really want to know what a person is like, I'll talk to them, not judge it solely on their collection of literature. I mostly just like to peruse people's bookshelves to see if we share any common interests.
Agree? Disagree? Leave a comment below and let me know!