Browsing through my Facebook timeline I came across this comment which made me stop in my tracks and think
Went to buy a book at Waterstones a few days ago and the lovely guy who works there confirmed that Waterstones is shutting down for good this month! I know there are worse things but I’m so incensed, not only at the loss of jobs, but also that all bookshops are disappearing, places where you could sit down in a peaceful and beautiful atmosphere, browsing and taking your time amongst bookcases full of amazing and colourful books and magazines. Mark my words: there will come the day when we’ll miss TOUCHING a book rather then switching on an appliance!
What do you think?
I love the fact that technology is progressing and we are making life easier for ourselves in so many different areas but I also love the feel of a book in my hand and the turning of pages.
I hanker after a Kindle but can’t really say I’d use one right now, it’s perfect for commuters and an excellent way of keeping your luggage light when going on holiday but does this progress mean our children will never know the pleasure of a book shop? The pleasure of buying a book and putting it on the shelf once read?
Did you ever lend a really good book out and never get it back? Boy did that make me mad, I was very territorial over my books inscribing ‘This book belongs to…’ on the front cover just to be sure it never roamed from home.
Are you going to miss bookshops on the high street or should we simply embrace the evolution of product?