Let’s Hear it For Old Fashioned Books
As most of you know, I’ve been a devoted Kindle fan since soon after it came out, and I’ve waxed poetic about my love for it several times here on the blog. And ever since iPad came out, I’ve been sorely tested in my attempts to avoid coveting. It looks really cool.
Every time I write about e-books and the various devices for reading them, I get lots of comments from people who swear they’ll never go electronic. They go on and on about the smell, the feel, the experience of a book that an e-book just can’t replicate.
And as much as I hate to say it… I agree with you.
E-books definitely have their place, and you can’t beat them for travel and especially for reading manuscripts. I’m still in love with my Kindle! But there is nothing… nothing… better than the thrill of a new book in your hands. Whether it’s something you’ve been wanting to read… or whether it’s a hot-off-the-press copy of your own book (or if you’re an agent, your client’s book), you just can’t beat it.
I love a beautifully designed book cover. I love running my hands over the surface, and feeling the heft of the book, and flipping through the pages looking at all those words. I love looking at the books lining my shelves and stacked in every possible corner of my house.
I think there are a lot of people who feel this way. That doesn’t mean they’re all anti-electronics. I’m certainly not! But I think it means we are entering (to quote my friend Shannon) “a both/and world.”
We’re not going strictly digital anytime soon. I think we’ll be picking and choosing which kinds of books we want to purchase in which format. (Just like I buy most of my music on iTunes but still buy at least a few CDS a year.) There is going to be a long period of time when we get to choose whether we want a printed book or a digital one.
And I’m so glad for that.
What do you think? Am I right?
Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent