With all the technology that has altered our lives forever, and will continue to change by leaps and bounds, do you ever wonder what is going to become of books in the future? That's a vague anxiety for me, I'll admit. I’m a book and library addict and just checked out The Story of Edgar Sawtelle after I attended a meeting at the Peninsula Center Library. I cannot imagine a world without tangible books. Can you?
Kathy Gould, the Director of the Peninsula Library District, cited an article in her blog on Dec. 2 and referred readers to an op-ed piece from last Sunday’s New York Times written by James Gleick. Kathy, by the way, if you are a book and media user, has very interesting material and links on her blog.
In her blog entry, this quote by Gleick leaped out at me.
"As a technology, the book is like a hammer. That is to say, it is perfect: a tool ideally suited to its task. Hammers can be tweaked and varied but will never go obsolete. Even when builders pound nails by the thousand with pneumatic nail guns, every household needs a hammer. Likewise, the bicycle is alive and well. It was invented in a world without automobiles, and for speed and range it was quickly surpassed by motorcycles and all kinds of powered scooters. But there is nothing quaint about bicycles. They outsell cars....It is significant that one says book lover and music lover and art lover but not record lover or CD lover or, conversely, text love."
This gives me hope for the future. Thanks, Kathy.
After shopping in the Library Shop (best gifts in town at reasonable prices), I visited the book sale going on all this weekend. I have bookcases throughout my house; I’m a collector. I listen to books on media, but I would have to say that one my favorite things to do in the whole world is read a book.