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Personally, I don't think I'll ever be a fan of e-readers.
There's something about the excitement of buying a new book, the smell of the fresh ink, the clean, smooth pages and knowing that soon it will all change. The book will be read and reread, passed through friends and soon it'll end up dog-eared, tattered and creased with tea stains from that time you spilt your Earl Grey on it, warped pages from that time you read it in the bathtub and dropped it, fluorescent highlighter marks on your favourite passages and full of all the various things you've picked up and used as makeshift bookmarks over the years- receipts, shopping lists, phone-numbers of people you don't remember anymore and the like. I love the feeling of getting lost for an hour, and being amazed at the thickness of the pages I just read. I'm always asking myself; "did I really read that much?"
I love an afternoon spent at the library, in that cosy little nook that no one else seems to know about. I love borrowing a book and thinking about the countless other people who have read it, wondering if they smiled, laughed or cried at the same parts I did. To me, it's a way to get some time out- whether it be from the perils of work or study, a dreamy escape from mundane reality or just a way to pass the time. A lot of the time I use them as a way to go back to basics- to give myself a break from staring at a computer screen all day. So in all honesty, the idea of a book in digital form doesn't really appeal to me.
The other day I remarked that I didn't think libraries could ever go 'extinct' as such because I thought the legion of us who were in love with books was too strong. But thinking about it now, I could've said the same thing about records, or even cds, and with music shops all over the world closing their doors it's not a good sign for the future of books. However, the introduction of e-readers have gotten a lot more people interested in reading than before, which is of course a good thing. The convinience of them is unsurpassed, the ease of downloading and deleting at your wish (for some reason this part makes me sad) and carrying your collection of books with you wherever you go is enough to convince anyone to make the switch.