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Page 4 of: Electronic Book Readers vs. Paper and Ink (2011), by Thomas Becker   about me  

Paper and Ink Books: Pros

  1. Each title is given its own look and feel by the publisher. The quality and appearance of our dishes, silverware, glasses, and tablecloths is part of enjoying and appreciating food. When we want another person to like us, we dress nicely. So why would we not care about the physical appearance of our books? Cover design, paper quality, the craftsmanship of the typesetting, all these things are part of what we enjoy about a book.
  2. Over time, the individual copy of a book that we own becomes a personal item that we treasure for the memories that it carries, like that old faded denim jacket or an ancient pair of boots. Dog ears, coffee stains, a name and address scribbled on the inside cover, the fading scent of a certain kind of incense that we used to burn next to a row of books in an apartment in a city long left behind, those are things that can bring back memories, memories that might otherwise be lost forever.
  3. We can give a book that we have owned and read to another person, or receive such a book from someone else. When such an offering is made, the receiver has not only a book to read, but something personal from the giver of the gift, like an item of clothing or a piece of jewelry that has been worn. One does not have to look to Voodoo and its use of personal items for spells and charms to understand that there is magic in such a gift. And what about that line in the song where it says, “I still have the book you left that morning, I guess it doesn't matter anymore.”
  4. The user interface is simple and intuitive. There is virtually no learning curve for operating a book, and there is little about it that drives a person crazy like the million things that drive me crazy about the Kindle. The one exception is the fact that books do not stay open when laid down flat, like a spiral-bound notebook. This is an annoyance that is rivaled only by the tenacity with which the shrink-wrapping on a CD case defies even the most determined attempts to remove it.
  5. Books have many useful applications other than reading them. The list of possible uses is almost endless. I will give just a few examples:
    • In my childhood, books were used extensively for disciplinary purposes. For example, to make children sit up straight at the dinner table, they were given two books which they had to hold under their arms until they had finished their dinner. If one or both of the books fell to the ground before dinner was finished, any one of a number of possible punishments would be applied.
    • In certain parts of the South such as the City of New Orleans, the cockroaches have become resistant to being hit with a magazine or newspaper. Unless you happen to have the full Sunday edition of the Times Picayune at your disposal, a hardcover book of at least several hundred pages is your only option.
    • In a bold move that really pushes the envelope, a certain group of hippies in New Orleans that I happened to be loosely acquainted with decided that nobody was going to do the dishes anyway, and therefore, they were going to switch to paper plates. However, buying a product that was designed for this purpose at the supermarket was not their style, and it may have overstretched their budgetary limits to boot. It so happened that someone had a whole case of old books that were deemed useless. Paper, as in paper plates! So what they did was—and I'm not making this up—open a book near the center, give it a good whack to make it stay open, place some food on it, and eat. The same book could then be reused several times by going forward a good number of pages. The practice has not gained widespread acceptance, but it remains to this day a shining beacon of determination to get the most out of Gutenberg's invention.