December 10, 2010

Prime Time

I'm practically a caveman.

Well, a cavewoman, I guess, if you want to get technical.

Why, you may ask?

Because I don't have cable or satellite.

Sheesh!  I heard that gasp of horror all the way up here on Blueberry Hill!  Calm down before you start hyperventilating.  It's not that bad.  Think of all the commercials I don't have to watch!

And remember - I do have internet which, in addition to allowing me to chat with y'all and waste time playing Sporcle,  lets me indulge in my secret addiction to Grey's Anatomy the day after it airs :)

That is not the point, though, and I do have a point, somewhere.

Oh, yes.  My point was that a lot of television is a wasteland and we should all spend more time reading. And especially we should encourage our children to read so they don't grow into a generation of people who don't know what a book is :)

Lane Smith's book is both funny and a little alarming because, with the advent of Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone aps, etc. it's beginning to seem very possible that a time could come when books as we know them might not exist.

I have no problem with ebooks up to a point.  I actually have a few.  In terms of environmental friendliness and the fact that I won't have to build a new wing on the house to store them, they have some positive sides.  But I'd hate to see books go out of style altogether.  No matter how high-tech an ebook might be, how engaging on a certain level, in that format it's not the same thing.  I hope we will never lose the ability to sit with out children or grandchildren in our laps and hold a book in our hands, feel the paper, smell the ink, turn the pages, and allow words and art to fire our imaginations.  To me, that is prime time.

What do you think?  Are ebooks good?  Do you like the experience of reading them or do you prefer traditional books?  Do you find them easier or harder on the eyes?  Do you think sharing an ebook with a child is as good, better or worse than sharing a traditional book?  Please share your thoughts!  And while you're at it, share the title of a book you've read recently that you really liked.  I'll start in the comments :)

1 comment:

  1. Both Hate List by Jennifer Brown and If I Stay by Gayle Forman (which I realize are on my currently reading list in the sidebar, but which I have in fact finished... oops, time to update!) are terrific reads. Both are YA titles which address tough topics and are thoughtfully written. Fairly quick reads, and worth the time.


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