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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Electronic Gizmo or Book?

On Facebook I am a fan of Ted Dekker; a contemporary Christian author. He frequently posts "Notes" asking his fans for input on his newest books.

A few weeks ago he said he'd write as many words in one day as "like" that we gave to that note. There were over 5,000 of us who "liked" it. He replied that his normal day's word count was 2,000, but he'd try to humor his fans.

Just a couple of days ago he asked for our input for the picture for his newest book's paperback release. (If that makes sense; Immanuel's Veins is being released soon in paperback form, they are choosing a cover for it) We, his fans, surprised the publishers by prefering one cover and not liking the one they thought we'd like.

Today he said they wanted to know our opinion on whether we prefer to read our books on electronic gizmos (not their words, mine), like Kindle, or on computer or actual books. I put in my two cents; a real book, and was interested to count up that in the last 50 comments (of over 1800) about 32 of them preferred real books to electronic readers. Some used elec for school...etc, some had eye trouble and could enlarge print electronically, but almost all still preferred paper.

Someday I may own an electronic gizmo to read, but I will always prefer the weight, the feel, the smell of a real book in my hands. There is something enchanting about walking into a library or a bookstore and smelling the real books there. There's nothing I love more than a real book bound in leather. A book that has a history of being read; cherished and held and by other hands. A book like that has personality; something that doesn't have to be recharged.

Just my humble opinion.

2 comments:

jel said...

it's got to bee a paperback or hardback for me!!

Frau Guten Tag said...

I totally agree! I much prefer a REAL book. Although I do have the Bible in my cell phone & I do use it at times. And I do have some electronic books in my cell phone, there are a lot of old classics that are available for FREE! Electronic books are usually cheaper & you can get them immediately with a download, BUT I stil much prefer a REAL book.