Paperback novels are the new status symbol
The hipster contingent got one thing right; paperback books are a status symbol worth clinging onto. They separate the passionate reader from the faddish, superficial kind.
Like the people who can’t bear the idea of being separated from an electronic device for longer than the half hour it takes them to commute.
And how about those snooty “Kindle edition” books that are getting so popular. Whose great idea was that?
Books were never made to be elitist, they’re not written for “some” but not “others”. That kind of thinking goes completely against the spirit of learning.
Next time you go to buy an exclusive electronic edition of a book, save yourself the effort and make a sign to stick on your head that says: “I. Believe. I. Am. Superior.”
Book readers are more about the “we” than the “me”. Once they’re done reading the book they can literally pass it around and share it with others. While the Kindle reader can only send an email and a link to the cheapest online version of the book. Pffft, call that a friendly gesture?
Book readers, however, are committed sensualists. They’re not afraid to lug something hard and heavy around in the bag everyday because any inconvenience is completely outweighed by the sheer joy that book brings to their life.
They’re also far more philosophical. Sure, book readers struggle reading at night without the aid of a fancy back light, but they don’t bang on about it all the time. They acknowledge the struggle and just move on with the book.
But Kindle readers don’t stand by their reading material. You could be holding that smooth looking device and tell everyone you’re halfway through The Notebooks of Joseph Joubert, but in reality just flicking through the latest digital copy of Readers Digest.
Book readers are also more aesthetically minded. You can’t enhance a room with a Kindle the way you can with a bookcase. Plus, book readers really take their time and consider the cover all aspects of a book.
Everything from the cover design, to the font, spine and sometimes even the smell of a book is considered before determining its worthiness.
Kindle readers, they just click and go.
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