Technology, aint it grand! When it comes to todays tech stuff, I’m seven scats behind. I’m not one to purchase every new gadget that marketing and advertising tell me I absolutely need and if I don’t purchase it along with a million others I won’t survive etc. I have what I need and I’m happy with that, I personally feel a lot of these must have life improving gadgets are rather superfluous. I can to some extent see the appeal with some products, however I feel that iphones and other things are geared for people that need to be constantly entertained 24 hours a day, and this to me is quite sad.
However, I digress and shall return to my original point. With the rise of all this technology I feel like art-forms are being forsaken. The many e-books/ e-readers available are where my issues lay. Yes, ooo lovely don’t they look flash, and oh wow! they light up and I must have it cos the t.v said so etc etc but at the end of the day you are reading your favourite book from a screen this makes me feel disconnected from an authors work. I don’t find it very comfy reading a book off a screen, don’t get me wrong I read a lot of stuff on screens, blogs mostly but not for one second could I read an 800 page novel on a screen.
Reading is a thing of great comfort and whether it be sprawled out on your sofa, or tucked up in bed with your new book its such a heavenly thing but with a screen, it loses that cozy feel. Yes again I can see the appeal with e-readers they are great for people on the go and its a fantastic demographic for many self published indie authors and great for readers to discover new works. But I can’t help but feel the pure art of a real physical book is being forsaken for a lit screen. Books are very important to me, I love the look of them old and new, the feel of the cover and pages, and of course the cover art; the smell of books is amazing, not to mention when the book is being read whole worlds are laid out for you. in a lot of ways e-readers disconnect us from the beautiful art of books.
To me books are art in its purest form and its something I feel very strongly about. You can’t beat a good physical copy of a book, not only does it look great on your bookshelf but it will last years whereas if anything goes wrong with your e-reader or if you drop it, you have just lost a lot of money and I may be mistaken (I don’t own an e-reader) but you may lose all of your downloaded books.
Stating the obvious a good old fashioned hardback, won’t shatter into a million pieces; so you can save yourself a few bob.
So will it be that technology finally makes such a magnificent art-form extinct? Hopefully not, and as long as we can support our amazing independent book shops and also libraries, then art in its purest form will always have a place on our book shelves and not on a screen.