On Wired’s GeekDad blog, Jenny Williams writes yet another one of those opinion pieces that make e-book fans roll their eyes: an explanation of how she thinks e-book readers are okay and all that, but she is in love with real books, in all their real-bookish glory. (The smell of books is, of course mentioned as a prominent selling point. Apparently e-books won’t replace real books, but scratch-and-sniff stickers might.)
What’s more ridiculous is that the article is subtitled “Why e-book readers will never replace [books]”. All right, why won’t they? Because you like books too much? Oh, right, I’m sure the rest of the world will gladly take your feelings into consideration, Your Majesty.
This sort of post always reminds me of those businesses that sell old books as decorator items: it doesn’t matter what’s in them—the customers don’t want to read them. They just want their rooms to look nice.
Well, if these people just want books that look and feel and smell like books, perhaps they can visit one of those stores. I just want books I can read, and the electronic ones are easier to carry around.