“Some books are to be tasted; others swallowed; and some to be chewed and digested.” ~ Francis Bacon
I live on a rich diet of books, and I tend to overeat. According to recent estimates, I have close to 800 books in my personal library, all taking up stack space in my home, In every room of my home. None of these many books are electronic, most are hardcovers.
There have been opportunities for me to delve into the e-reader realm, but I simply don’t want to go there. A reader would certainly cut down of the amount of space needed to house my book, make it easier to carry multiple volumes with me, and be slightly less expensive.
Still, I love the feel of a book in my hands, the smell of the ink and paper, the tactile presence of a book. I don’t shun digital technology completely. I could not imagine being without my laptop or smartphone. I even have a personal hotspot set up on my phone in case I am without WiFi. I order most of my books online, and buy them using PayPal funds. I just can’t make myself abandon my precious books.
Ultimately, I am an analog bibliophile in a handheld digital world.