I haven't done this in a while, so why not? Here's today's Booking Through Thursday question:
I was reading the other day a quote from JFK Jr who said on the death of his mother, that she died surrounded by family, friends, and her books. Apparently, Jackie’s books were very much a part of HER, her personality, her sense of self.
Up until recently, people could browse your bookshelves and learn a lot about you–what your interests are, your range of topics, favorite authors, how much you read (or at least buy books).
More and more, though, this is changing. People aren’t buying books so much as borrowing them from the library. Or reading them on their e-readers or computers. There’s nothing PHYSICAL on the shelves to tell strangers in your home, for better or worse, who you ARE.
Do you think this is a good thing? Bad? Discuss!
Hmmm......I've never used an e-reader and I don't often use the library, so I guess you know what side of the fence I'm on. I do think that e-readers have some advantages; for one thing, you can download new books anywhere. As someone who travels, I see that as a plus. I also like to read during my break at work. Sometimes my coworkers will start a conversation based on the cover art. No offense, but... I'm trying to read here, people! Please go away! So, you know, an e-reader would probably help with that, too. Or if you want to read a trashy sex book in front of your kids. Or your parents. Or your coworkers.
I'm sure at some point I'll give the e-reader a try, but for now I'm very happy going about reading the old fashioned way - with my nose in a book.