Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My question to Lauren

"How will reading and writing
change with technology changing
how we read and write? " That was
what I wrote on a small piece of paper
to put in the box of questions for
Lauren Winner as she left a bit of
time at the end of her Writer's Workshop.
She picked it up at the end , right at
almost 3:00 and stopped the day by
just reading it.

My 4th son, who is almost 18 , tells me
that I will have a Kindle one day.
I laugh and chuckle because I have
a house full of books. Real leather,
real paper, even dust. He says that
because at one point I wasn't going
to have a cell phone and now it is
a must. All of my older sons only
have cell phones. So I wonder if I
will have a kindle in my lifetime.

I found a blog on the subject
( Why You Should Write in Your Books
Now) which examines the future
of real books made with paper.

The sun is starting to set on the golden age of the printed book. ....

Your writing is what will make your books cherished artifacts to your descendants.

There are virtual bookclubs, blogs,
new ways of reading and connecting
online and how will that change us?
We are already.

I found this through a link
from Ann Voscamp's blog, Holy
Experience. I think she is becoming
a household word. I smile at that,
thinking how God takes a mom on a
Canadian farm to write and glorify
His Name! God's way for sure.

9781581820430: Shelf Life: How Books Have Changed the Destinies and Desires of People and Nations
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podso said...

I heard tonight they may be closing four libraries in town; I think I heard maybe the main one? And cutting hours on the others, such as weekends and evenings. That's when many people go... but I guess not enough. Times they are changing.

From the Kitchen said...

Libraries need to change to remain viable. They are much more than books these days. Meeting rooms need to be provided for public use, more programming needs to come into play and all sorts of reading devices need to be available for the public. It would be sad to see libraries disappear. Our libraries are very busy, especially in the depressed economy. People use the computers, take home videos and, of course read real paper books. There are programs for all ages. There is a foreign film night once a month. We have author visits and two book groups meet each month for discussion. Can you tell that I am a big advocate for libraries?

Amber Benton said...

Our library in the University area is so busy. It's always full. People wait at the door to get in and they sometimes have to be ushered out. Most often when I'm there I can't find a chair or table, so I don't think they would close libraries for lack of patronage- it's just money. States and cities seem to have none.


Bonnie, I have a Kindle in the mail. David ordered it last night and it's on it's way!! I will never leave bound signatures behind, and not everything I want to read is available electronically, but I tried it out and I liked it. I downloaded the Kindle for the PC and bought The Immortal Life on Henrietta Lacks and read that on my computer. I liked it, and when I found there is a way to convert the free pdf books like the Google books (those LIFE magazines) to be read on the Kindle I felt better about making the purchase. For awhile you couldn't read anything but Kindle books, but with competition coming up behind them they are becoming more friendly. Now you still can't lend a book like you can with the NOOK, but maybe someday.

AND one more and...YOU gave me that book Shelf Life sometime ago. I read it again not long ago. I like how he talks about stacking books...

walking said...

I only use my cell phone when I have to, and it's one of those cheap track phones. A Kindle is very tempting, simply because the books probably cost less and definitely take up less space.