So, to me, it looks like bookstores are slowly dying. I love gadgets like the Nook, the Kindle, I even now have an Iphone...given to me by a friend. I love stuff like this, but I don't want the bookstore to go away. There's something to walking into a large store with millions and millions of printed word on paper. Conversations related to watcha reading? Oooh, what did you think of this book. Instead of conversations related to, how many books do you have on that thing? Does the screen hurt your eyes after a while? How many gigs of data is stored on there? I prefer the feel of a text in my hands instead of a screen. Yet I can see the up-side to having a Nook or Kindle, once the majority of books are available. I believe, I would have rather bought one of these bad-boys in the days of Div. School and had every single textbook I needed in one device. That would have been friggin' awesome! On the other hand I do like my rows and rows of texts in the spare room. I don't know. I guess in the end there are some books I would prefer to have on an e-reader and some I would want in paper form.
Paper. I written that word a couple of times now and it's sticking in my mind, because after I visualize the thousands of books in one B&N, then think that there are at least 3 B&N's in Richmond, 1 Border's, and 1 Books a Million, that's a lot of paper. That's a lot of trees. Maybe the movement to e-readers is a responsible move for the environment. Are we not supposed to care for our environment, the earth?
Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps over the earth. Genesis 1.26. (NRSV)I guess I at least have to confess. Suddenly the guy who drives a Jeep and has yet to start recycling is talking about being a good steward of the environment. Looks like I'm going to have to change some stuff. Even though I fear and am saddened that the bookstore may go away to digital media, maybe its demise won't be that negative. Meh, I don't know.
Shalom, Grace, and God Bless.