Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Feel of a Good Book

Working with my hands is definitely one of the perks of being an artist. I enjoy the feel of the brush on the canvas, the way the brush fits in my hands and even how paint somehow finds its way on my clothes.               However, what I hadn't noticed until now, was that this also transfers to other aspects of my life. For instance, reading a book. I love the way the book feels as I run my finger tips from line to line, the musty smell of the glued binding, and even the little notes left behind in an old book. I almost feel like so much of this is taken for granted these days with the introduction of electronic readers. Yes, they are fast and you can store tons of books in one single device. Plus lets face it, you are reading the exact same book..... However...are you really? To me, the experience itself is totally different. Maybe I'm just a traditionalist.... but, what I'm wondering is ...Does anyone else miss the real thing?...


  1. Ashley, I feel the same way. My friend started this same coversation last year via email and I loved all the responses. There will never be a day when we 'browse through and old kindle barn.' Know what I mean? Yes, there is something about the 'real' thing......the feel of the paper, the font of the type, the smell, the dogears..........kind of like albums vs. cds or ipod to me. When I listen to an album, I say......Oh, remember the party that scratch happened at!

  2. HAHA!! "browse through an old kindle barn" love it! I agree though.. It is a pretty heated debate! Some people are actually against buying the traditional book now!?!?

  3. i'm with you on this one...i love the feel of a book in my hands. there's something almost magical about it. feeling the page as you turn it to further your adventure...it's soothing and real. you don't get that with these new digital book readers these days.


  4. wow..I'm so glad there is others that agree with me:)


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