bookends

i just heard the saddest bit of news. well alright, saddest is an exaggeration. but, upsetting nonetheless. encyclopaedia britannica will no longer be printed on paper.

i know, i know this is great news for trees and environmentalists everywhere. i’m not sure why i love paper so much, but i’m still unconvinced that kindles and ereaders are the best way of digesting good reads. i do think electronic viewing is fantastic for portability and volume. and if that encourages someone to read who otherwise wouldn’t have than by all means, please.

but as someone who has a history of maxing out her library card (25’s the limit!). i really love a good library. it’s an adventure where you never quite know what you might come out with. a search bar and trending topic list isn’t quite the same.

i can’t explain my old school tendencies but i think there’s something intangible but valuable in holding printed pages in my hands. there’s a different kind of interaction and discovery process that occurs with going to the library and browsing the shelves. a different kind of surprise whenever you flip through pages or start in the middle or end. i feel that there’s a loss of spontaneity with the online reliance. that there is less discovery of the stumbled upon and more of the crowd curated¬†best of¬†kind. i don’t believe that one is better than the other, but i do feel that the loss of the former is a bit disturbing. i’m not sure most people even realize how the way we interact with reading material is changing or stop to question how that changes what we’re reading.

RIP EB.

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