What Kindle has killed


Drugstore reading glasses. No big deal there, you think as you settle on the sofa with your glass of wine and adjust the font on your Kindle, Kobo, Sony, etc….

Great grandma’s magnifying glass—not that you ever wanted to have to use it. You’ll keep that as it’s an antique and a nice memento to remember her by.

Bookmarks on the other hand could be a big deal. What to with the ones you were inspired to make from your Malian trade beads? Hm, they’d convert nicely to a necklace. They never really worked all that well on those wires anyway.

What about the one you bought in Turkey and the one that your guide in Egypt gave you. Don’t throw them out. They’re nice souvenirs.

And where will you store these keepsakes? Why, on great grandma’s bookshelf of course—the one she brought to Canada from Wales. Your Kindle has not negated the need for a place to keep your “real” books, the ones you’ve had forever and hold dear to your heart.

Long live books, no matter what the format.


13 comments on “What Kindle has killed

    • All my extra special books are in print format. They will be passed on to my granddaughter. And some books, like those of Nick Bantock with their envelopes and letters that you take out to read, simply wouldn’t work in ebook format.

  1. We don’t need physical books – they are a nice thing to have especially the antique ones but they are not essentials except maybe in some vault somewhere incase of civilisation collapse!

  2. Books in print are valuable; a gift for every generation. In this day and age, where reading/acquiring books has been made easier, one can’t do without Kindle.

    There is this special feeling I get whenever I come across an old book, perhaps covered with dust.

  3. That was fun, Darlene, especially the Malian trade beads. They probably made the book tough to close. But books, how do you tell someone of generations to come who will not now grow up in the thrall of books why and how they are precious.

  4. Good question, Christina. I read to my granddaughter all the time and plan to pass on my bookshelf and contents to her some day. I don’t thing the books per se will be as important to her as they are to us, but I believe reading will be.

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