Someone Who Gets It

Last week, a friend came over to my place for lunch. She hadn’t been over before, and in fact, I don’t think visited my last apartment, either. It was a bit of a surprise to her, I think, to see my shelves and shelves of books. They surrounded us as we sat on my couch and chatted, so naturally we wound up talking about them.

She bemoaned the fact that most of her books are currently in storage, and said she’d been thinking about getting an ereader of some sort, but that seeing my collection made her remember the things she liked about physical books. The sensory input of turning a page, of seeing the cover every time you pick it up, of having the books on display as a design element in the room, the smell of an old book, that sort of thing.

It made me smile. This is the sort of person I roadie for. She gets it.

People who hear about my books and say, “so when are you getting a Kindle?” don’t get it. People who say “ooooh, now’s a perfect time to cull your books!” when you mention you’re moving don’t get it. Folks who have never walked into a used bookstore and closed their eyes and breathed deep with a blissful smile don’t get it.

They are not my Right People, to use one of Havi’s words.

And that’s okay! Not everyone has to be a bibliophile.

But for those folks who get it, I am here to say, Awesome, dude. I get it too. Let’s do this.

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One Response to Someone Who Gets It

  1. Ellen says:

    Hey, I get it! I feel the exact same way about the look and the smell and the feel of books. I love writing in margins (a new thing for me, it took a lot of effort and I only do it in non-fiction books) and I love the cover art. I hate the latest idea of organizing books by size and color on the shelves (how would you find anything?).

    But I still see a need for ebooks. They’re cheaper. They’re easier to carry (I don’t like hurting my back carrying my stuff into work or on trips) and just convienent in general. E-books make cheaper textbooks for school. My Artisian Bread in 5 Minutes a day ebook has book marks all over and highlights and notes (Barnes and Nobles Nook E-reader is free for pcs). I just cover my laptop in plastic wrap to protect it.

    I want an ereader for my future career, so I can have my reference library at my fingertips while I’m meeting a client at her house or a diner or where ever.

    I want to see a hybrid world of books, because I think both kinds serve our purposes perfectly.

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