We are surrounded by an ever-growing pile of technological devices with all sorts of bells and whistles. Even the simple mobile phone has already become more like a pocket PC, with mp3s, mp4, mail, facebook and alarms! The next step in the tech revolution seems to be reading devices. Just take a look around the metro and you’ll see: more and more people are leaving behind those dog-eared books on dusty shelves and grimy coffee tables in favour of shiny electronic tablets, which they can fill with all the books and texts they wish.
But what about the magical nostalgia and tangibility of books? Will these devices replace our long-loved books or live alongside them? I wonder if maybe there is magic in a plastic device joining the ranks of the myriad other plastic devices that we carry and play with every day, so much so that it sometimes seems that nearly everything we touch is plastic. Books, on the other hand are beautiful creations filled with art, with smells, with notes and they even lend libraries their characteristic aura. Somehow they become one with our lives and identity and part of our surroundings yet for many people today, they will become decorations for home libraries that are neither touched nor read!
I think back on underlining the phrases that touched me, the accidental stains of coffee or tea or wine, and the crinkle of the leaves! Can a plastic electronic device ever possibly take on so much identity?
Make no mistake, technology helps us out and makes our lives faster and easier but oftentimes is lacking the “magic” of older formats.
So what are you waiting for? Grab those books you’ve been meaning to read and buy that plane ticket to take a well-deserved vacation in an apartment in Budapest!