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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

How should writers respond to the future of books?

The future of books occupies Thomas Moore in today's Huffington Post blog entry, "All Books Are Sacred ". Moore is concerned about loss through the transformation of books into electronic devices:
"One problem I have with e-books is that they are not books. They only look like books. Dictionaries say that the word "book" goes back to the word "beech," the wood first used for writing down ancient runes. A traditionalist like me would say that you need paper or another wood product to have a book.

In our modern way of thinking, we believe we can separate the contents of a book from the material it's written on and bound with. We think of a book as information. But anyone who loves books knows that the book is what you hold in your hand and put on a shelf. A library honors a book and easily turns into a sacred place, not too far distant from the sanctuary where I held the big red book against my little head."
He claims,  "A library is not an information center, it's a chapel for books. Your home library, as small as it might be, is also a chapel made sacred by the book itself."

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