Is it normal to have relationships with your books? Is there a phobia that causes a person not to be able to sleep without a stack of books on the bedside table? Is it wrong to lovingly caress the spines and to fondle the pages of your favorite books? If so, I guess I’m an abnormal, phobic, book caresser — but, I bet I’m not alone.
I love books and have loved them for as long as I can remember. A goodly portion of my disposable income (and some of the nondisposable) goes towards the purchase of books. During my last move, I had to choose between taking some of my furniture or my books. Sitting on the floor isn’t all that bad!
To say that I have regarded the emergence of E-Books with great suspicion is an understatement. It was only when I became stranded out of the country with nothing to read that I resulted to downloading an E-Book. The reading experience wasn’t the same. However, I no longer have to travel with heavy books and I never worry about running out of reading materials.
My ambivalence about E-Books changed when I downloaded my first quilting book. A very large portion of my book collection is made up of quilting books — my “dream about what I’m going to make” books. What I found was that the quilting E-Book made it much easier to make the dream a reality.
The E-Book allowed me to print off as many template and pattern pages as I wanted. I could enlarge or reduce patterns without resorting to experimenting with a copy machine. I could also make the text type size as large as I wanted, so that it was easy to see while I was working. I enjoyed working with the E-Book so much, that I’m considering buying E-Book versions of some of the quilting books I already own.
So, while I’m never going to be convinced to give up all of my “real” books, I am willing to admit that E-Books have their place in the world (especially the quilting world.)
Perhaps I was wrong to dismiss them out-of-hand. After all, I never thought that microwave ovens would catch on, either.
What are your thoughts on E-Books?
Suzan @ AQS