By Angela Schroeder
The other day I received a package from one of my publishers. It was filled with my copies of Love Overcomes. Seeing the paperbacks there and hearing my daughter exclaim, “I want one!” got me thinking about paperback versus the ebook.
I have heard so many arguments about why the electronic book is better so I am not going to go over that today. We all know it is cheaper and more convenient. I think the paperback has lost its voice so today I’m giving it one.
It won’t crash on you. You’re reading a book, you’re on the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen next when your device suddenly flashes “kindle app not responding”. That is so frustrating, I can’t tell you how many times that has happened to me. Then it takes forever to get it open to the book once again. With a paperback there is no need to worry about that.
No battery needed. There is no need to wonder if you brought your car charger with you on that trip. If the wait for your appointment is running longer than anticipated don’t worry. A paperback does not need to be plugged in. You can enjoy without having to be connected to a power source.
Your eyes will thank you. There are times that harsh glare from a screen bothers me. My kids have complained of headaches but during the school day they cannot avoid that screen since the middle school and high school switched to electronic text books. When they get home they cuddle up with a physical book and enjoy without wondering if they’ll be needing something to ease the headache.
The smell is wonderful. Have you ever walked into a library and inhaled deeply? That smell, it is hard to describe but there is nothing like the smell of books. The mix of leather, paper, and ink. I think it smells better than a bakery. I’ve had friends call me to inform me that they were on a tour of an old home. They walked into the library to see it was filled with old books. She said it smelled musty to her but she thought of me and knew I would be in heaven. Seriously, somebody needs to bottle the aroma of books and market it as perfume.
Holding a physical book in hour hands is a wonderful thing. Seeing how worn the pages and binding are tell a person how loved that book was. I’ve read books until the binding wore out. Then bought a new one so I could read it again.
So stop by the book store or visit the library because the paperback lingers. It is not going anywhere. Technology changes constantly but that paperback will still be there ready to tell you a story.
What’s the last paperback you read?