Fact: I don't like coffee. I just like saying Coffee Clutch in my best and deepest New York accent. Considering I'm a New Yorker, I'm pretty freaking good at it. So I've got my tea and I hope you have your heated beverage of choice, because it's time to gab the day away.
The other month my mom and I got into this whole big argument about print books. She keeps saying e-books are going to replace print books entirely and the only time publishers will print books is on-demand. Either because I'm stubborn or stupid, I told her she was wrong but, since my mom's just as stubborn as I am, we both just left it. Then, the other day, my mom sends me a Wall Street Journal article entitled "Don't Burn Your Books - Print is Here to Stay".
The article lists statistics about e-books sales and reader preferences and discusses all this other vaguely interesting stuff. I would link you all to it, but I think you have to have a WSJ account to read it. If you have one of those, go search the title and give it a read. It's more reassuring than me telling you to be reassured.
Anyways, I think my point here is that this is GREAT NEWS FOR GABY.
It's not that I'm against e-books or anything. In theory, I think they're brilliant. I mean, a bunch of books on one device? That makes traveling WAY easier. I'm going abroad for 3 and a half months and my iPad is my salvation (I've found a couple $0.99 books AND my library has a wonderful e-book collection).
But even though I'll have my iPad, I'm still schlepping a couple of books with me on my travels. I couldn't image EVER EVER EVER going anywhere for even a couple week without a couple of print books with me. That's because my first love is the printed book. Holding the book, smelling the pages, preening over hard copies of the gorgeous covers... I'm a weirdo, I know it and I love myself for it.
I could spend hours writing an epic love poem to printed books. But I that's really what it comes down to: emotion. E-books really are INCREDIBLY practical (space, weight, cheaper...). It's so very hard for me to make an unemotional case for the printed book, but I don't think it's really necessary. After all, this isn't a court of law. Just a court of my preferences.
But this is a blog post, so that makes YOU GUYS the jury. Are the Wall Street Journal and I WRONG? Will the print book go the way of the dinosaurs? Or will hard copy adoration (ie OBSESSION) keep the printed word in business? Sound off in the comments below!