Recently there have been numerous articles written in the paper and elsewhere concerning the book and technology. With the ability of so many e-books that can be downloaded some have even asked how much longer the book is even going to exist. The question was recently asked in our local paper “Is the golden age of books drawing to an end?” Reading this has caused us to ponder and reflect on the children that come into our store. We get to see the excitement on their faces as they discover a new book to read. We get to watch them rush in the front door and go to just the right shelf to pick out the book they have been waiting for ever to be released. We get to see faces peeking through the front door as they patiently wait for Mom to get out of the car so they can come in.
These are some of the rewards of working in a bookstore. Because we see this we are the first to say children and adults still love books. They love to hold a book in their hands and browse through the pages. They love to curl up with a book and spend hours reading and imagining.
Technology can not give you the smell of a new book. Technology does not allow you to bend the page just to mark your place. Technology is here to stay and we have much to learn yet about it. But it can never replace the joy that one gets from owning a book of their own.
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