You know, I like my ebooks as much as the next person (well, maybe not quite as much, but hush, it’s not a competition) and I buy them with more frequency than my credit card would prefer. As one does. But much as I love their highly portable virtual selves, ebooks are never going to occupy the same cozy place in my heart as do their three dimensional counterparts.
And why is that? Is it the heft of a book in my hand? The heady whiff of paper, new or fusty? The glee-inducing sight of them standing in tidy rows or sprawling in wanton stacks, flaunting their motley covers? The fact that I don’t need to worry about my hands and eyes becoming obsolete and rendering my book collection unreadable?
Or could it be the shenanigans that tangible books get up to in their off time, as evidenced by this charming little video from Type books?
Any and all those reasons are amply compelling, I would say, but if you’ve already given up your own collection of hold-them-in-your-grubby-paws, velum-leather-cloth-cardboard-bound, physical books, you can always get your fix by adding a few of the following destinations to your bucket list:
- From Mental Floss, 62 of the world’s most beautiful libraries
- From Flavorwire, The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World
And while we’re on the subject of books and bookishness, have you seen Jeremy Norman’s Book History Timeline Outline: From Cave Paintings to the Internet? It’s fascinating–a complete time suck, too, so make sure you have a bit of time to spend poking around. If you love books, you won’t regret a second.