|My Local Library|
|One of My OLD Early Teen Books|
As I think back over the past ten to twenty years I don't think I have been in a library, other than to renew my library card. Once my sons no longer wanted me tagging along with them on their trips to the library I no longer went. I was a working mom and the library wasn't open when I was available. Instead of borrowing from the library I began to buy my books and was thrilled with the convenience of being able to order them online.
Fast forward to today. My local library held its annual book sale last week. This is an important fundraiser for the library. Held over a four-day span, the book sale is usually well attended. It's been a few years since I attended, so I decided to go this year.
|The Annual Book Sale|
I admit I went reluctantly. I've been using a digital reader to read books for about eighteen months. Most of the books I read are free, downloaded from the online library association to which my local library belongs. I also have a Kindle app on my smartphone, and I occasionally read books on it. My reluctance in attending the book fair was due to my lack of desire to buy physical books.
|The Kindle on My Phone|
|One of My Bookcases|
The thought of books as dust catchers was on my mind as I wandered through the many tables at the book sale piled with other people's cast-off books.
|Book Sale Books|
|Book Sale Shopping|
I watched other people carefully perusing the piles of books, filling bags and boxes with their choices. The prices were right. Most books were fifty cents or less, making it possible to gather a year's worth of reading for very little money. I left without making a purchase, after deciding I just didn't want to add to more book clutter at home.
So what does this mean? Have I given up on physical books? Don't hate me, but I think I have. I love the ease of access to books through digital tools. I love the ability to carry many books with me on one small device. I like the ability to peruse many reading options online from home in my robe and slippers. I've come to realize it's not the actual physical books I love, but the words and imagery created by the authors.
Are you like me? Are you starting to favor digital books over the old fashioned, bound variety? Will libraries go the way of the dinosaur? Perhaps they will. To me it seems the writing is on the wall.
Books or digital?