“I just prefer the feel of real books. I’m sure you agree they’re just better!”
I can’t tell you how many times patrons have said this to me. They state their preference for print books very proudly and look for validation from library staff like me. I usually oblige them a little. Yes, there is something very special about holding a book in your hands experiencing it as an object. But I’ll always put in a good word for audiobooks, and how since I’ve had kids, they’re the only way I can keep up with my reading. If this thought hadn’t occurred to them and they seem receptive, I’d also add that I know people who are incredibly fast readers, and the only way they’ve avoided being buried in paperbacks is by adopting ebooks.
I don’t want to get pedantic, but I’m tired of people who prefer print thinking they’re somehow better people for it.
Ariel and Brianna are friends who met while working in a library. Now they collaborate to develop life-enhancing book club experiences.
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