Yesterday & today, the Washington Post announced how it's shrinking--both the comics & games section and the business section. It already killed the separate book review section on Sunday. In the last few weeks, three or four other major urban newspapers have either gone under or gone on-line.
In the publishing world, which I confess I don't follow as closely as I should, it seems that consolidations & shrinkage dominate the news.
Independent book stores continue to shutter their doors & windows. Libraries are now being used to store town lawn mowers in winter & snow blowers in summer.
Am I an old fogie who wants to read paper, a dying breed laughed at by the new generation that can actually read newspapers, long articles, and books on line & enjoy them?
I look through my bookcases. Every book I own tells a story, has a bit of history connected to it, is part of my, pardon the expression, soul. It's looking at them and touching them that reveals that story, that history. If I buy a Kindle2 and store a couple of thousand books, how will I be able to even find them, since the wandering through book shelves is a random experience? If I stumble upon a book with story and history on line or on Kindle, will I be able to relive that experience simply by seeing the title on a screen?
FULL DISCLOSURE: If you check out my other blog, you'll see that I'm on a campaign to get Amazon to send me a free Kindle2. It's not as crazy as it sounds. I got the good folks at Jameson Irish whiskey to send me free samples of some of their best stuff. But that's because I'm a tech junkie.
There is a solution. All of us, even you internet-raised types, must subscribe to more newspapers and magazines. We all must buy more books--from independent books stores if possible, but buy them. Yeah, I know times are tough, but I have a horrible feeling they'll be a lot tougher when print goes the way of 8-track tapes.
In Jameson Veritas