At first glance, e-readers seem like a wonderful invention. You can have a world of books at your fingertips. You might hear about a good book to read, order it in minutes, and begin reading without ever leaving the comforts of home. Long trips to the bookstore or the library are a thing of the past. You can even order several books and carry them with you all day with ease. You don’t even have to deal with all those annoying pages in the newspaper. Just tap a screen to get to the next page. Yet even with all of these good points, I think that the world would still be better off without the invention of the e-reader.
First of all, the convenience of the e-reader has caused many people to abandon their bookstores. Bookstores used to be busy places where you could get coffee, meet friends and browse shelves of books for something interesting. My favorite bookstore has closed and I’m sure that many of its former customers are sitting at home happily reading their Kindle, Nook, IPad or some other device. I was very sad to see it close. There was even a special area with children’s books for kids to play and explore. You won’t get that from an e-reader.
Also, I am sure that there are a lot of lonely and bored librarians just waiting for someone to ask them where to find a certain book. There is something very fulfilling about checking out a library book and bringing it back on time. Every child should have the magical experience of hearing the echo in a historic library or searching the shelves for a book. I think that some children may never have that experience because their parents will just order it for them on their Nabi or IPad if they are really lucky.
Lastly, I must respectfully mention the large, informative and long-standing newspaper. The newspaper is not just something to read, it is something that has to be experienced. You must open it all the way and flap it several times so that it produces that familiar rustle. You must read it in the company of others and share an article or two. At least once a month you must cut out a favorite article or comic to hang on your refrigerator or bulletin board. Reading the newspaper is an event that cannot be reduced to a tiny tablet. Also, many printing and distributing jobs exist at newspapers. The pool of people who depend on e-readers for employment is considerably smaller.
In conclusion, I hope that everyone will give the old fashioned printed word another chance. It represents many of things that have made our country great. It represents our hard work, our long history, as well as our leisure and family time. E-readers are convenient but nothing can replace the heart and soul of a real book.