On a sidewalk beside our house- I am unable to forget the day when I got my first bike. It was kind of a dirt bike style, because I’m a boy, but my sister’s was pink and white and what not. At any rate, we had bikes. At first, they had training wheels, and then in time, the training wheels came off and with that- skinned knees and tears until we all learned to ride.
But, the riding was only a small part of it. The larger part was that first bit of “ownership”… having something real and valuable- having a first bike.
“Books… They transport us to many locations, and we dare not retreat; we beg to go, and clamor to become acquainted with the mysteries held within the binding.”
Since the invention of the PDF and then of the iPad, Kindle, and other E-Reader’s, the debate of which is best- paper versus “books in the cloud” has been going back and forth. I have no dog in this fight, since I simply refuse to be swayed from my opionion that old fashioned paper books are so much better- in so many ways- than a digitized version of the same. In fact, I don’t regard my postition as opinion, I look at it as just another fact of life that some people wish to argue over from the point of view of sheer laziness.
If YOU are too lazy to physically hold, store, and care for a book- then you might not deserve to read it.