The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

The life of books

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Books have not been around forever. There are other ways to put words together on paper, papyrus, or cow’s hide. So it’s possible something else will come along to take the book down from the shelf. But it won’t be the iPad I’m using right now. It won’t be the laptop on which I’ve written books and blogs and sermons. In a virtual world, with all its ethereal convenience, there will be many–an increasing number I predict–who long for what is real. Something solid. Something you can hold. Something that hangs around even when you are finished with it. Something like a book.

Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes. As you may by now have gauged, I agree with Kevin DeYoung.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 22 February 2012 at 19:10

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  1. Agreed. I have an e-reader – it is useful but only for reading something through. However using it for researching, back and forth reading, in sermon preparation etc. would drive me absolutely bananas.

    As well as that it doesn’t smell as nice as a book, feel as nice as a book, and it does not have the value of a book to me.

    Long live the codex! (though I think a scroll would still be more useful than a Kobo or Kindle.)

    JP Wallace

    Wednesday 22 February 2012 at 22:17


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