Most of us grew up going to the library for the next adventure to read. It was the only way to borrow a book. And if you wanted to buy one, there were mail order clubs or mall bookstores.
Printed books have ruled for centuries and are now having competition. With the explosion of the internet, eBooks and audio books have ceased our attention. But are we loosing part of the story when the feel of paper is no longer at our fingertips?
There is something to be said about gripping the paper as we travel along with the protagonist. When reading a good book, I never want it to end. I fan the remaining pages to count them. A light breeze touches my face, and the familiar scent of a well-read book tickles my senses.
Walking into a library has an almost ethereal effect. I can imagine myself there right now. The librarian lifting an index finger to her lips and quietly shushing loud talkers. The smell of old books. The sound of pages turning. Shoes clickety-clacking on the marble floors.
This holds true for bookstores too. There is nothing better than spending an afternoon sitting in a comfortable chair with a stack of books and trying to narrow it down to a few to purchase.
But today it’s different. A book is only a click away. EBooks have flooded the electronic highway. Many if not all libraries have virtual bookshelves people can go to and borrow eBooks and audio books. The best part of this is, there are no longer overdue fines. The library automatically recalls the borrowed material. Cool.
And buying books are just as easy now. Go on Amazon, Smashwords, or Audible, and you can get the next best selling story delivered instantly to your inbox.
Sure people still buy or borrow a printed book. I don't think they will disappear. Amazon will overnight a book to you and people still go to the library. But a tablet can hold hundreds if not thousands of ebooks and audiobooks. The best thing is the device easily slips into a backpack, briefcase or pocketbook and when you are using it, no one knows what you’re reading or listening too.
I remember when I was a kid and we were at the beach. My mom was reading a shirt-ripper. On the cover of the book was a beefcake hunk wearing a torn shirt. I laugh now thinking about it. Mom had the book slipped inside a magazine so no one could see what she was reading. Too funny.
With the many choices to feed the craving to read, there is something for everyone. The good thing is, authors are getting their stories out there. So what type of reader are you? Do you prefer a printed book, an eBook or audio book?