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Books stray from authenticity

Letter to the editor

By David Dean
On February 21, 2014


All along the walls of my grandfather's study, from top to bottom, were shelves filled with books. When I was 15 my grandparents moved out of that house and into a condominium.  

There wasn't enough space for his books so he put them in storage and my grandmother got him a Nook. Technological advances can greatly help us but should we really replace books and newspapers with Kindles and Nooks?

Our generation is so obsessed with screens that we turn books into digital form so we can read off of yet another screen. I already look at too many screens in a day so when I sit down to read a book the last thing I want to do is power up a Nook or Kindle. 

There are many colleges that allow and encourage students to use e-readers like Nooks and Kindles.  Students from the University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, University of Minnesota, University of Virginia and the University of Indiana were all a part of an investigation on how e-textbooks could be used on campuses during the spring semester of 2012.  

What the students really enjoyed about the e-textbooks was the cost was significantly less than most new or used books.  Aside from the cost students also preferred the mobility of the e-textbooks.  The underlining problem with the e-textbooks though is the Internet.  You have to have an Internet connection to access class information. 

My grandfather put all of his books into storage.  I don't want that to happen to my books. My grandfather had a library of amazing stories and a lifetime of books.  That's what I want, a lifetime of books, a lifetime of stories and a lifetime of memories.  Nooks and Kindles might give you that but the feeling of the pages between your fingertips and the smell of fresh paper is something that can't be replaced.  There is nothing more rewarding than closing the back cover of a book and the feeling you get when you know you finished it.

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