I just wasn't prepared for one of the reader comments posted underneath it.
"I look at the photos of these beautiful bookstores," someone posted anonymously. "And then I look at all these people on their Kindles. I think, "What a bunch of a$#holes."
Oh, dear. I have a Kindle. I like my Kindle. Was I just a big ...well, you know?
But, you know, I love bookstores, too. In fact, I can’t resist books – I have hundreds of them in my house.
Then I thought of my brother. He's a smart guy, but he's not normally a recreational reader. However, since he got an iPad for Christmas, he's been devouring books while he's away on travel. So, e-books have their benefits, too.
They’re wonderful for their convenience and their price. And they’re drawing in new readers.
But I can't savor the beauty of Tasha Tudor's illustrations on an e-book. And there's something satisfying, something solid, about holding a book in my hand.
I sell my own book in e-format because it's affordable and it just makes sense. But when I can afford it, I'd like to publish a paperback companion.
So does anybody have to be the a$#hole here? Can't we all just get along?