by James Preston
Let’s talk for a minute, you and I, and then raise a glass to absent comrades –– the printed word, at least on paper.
Books are a visceral and sensory memory for many of us. A physical book has connections not only to the words but also to where you bought it, when you first read it, and maybe what you were eating at the time.
In this essay I’ll use a few personal examples to illustrate the differences between e-books and print, and then I’ll examine that popular concept — physical books are dying — to see how it stacks up against the facts. At the end we’ll raise a glass and salute our absent comrades, the books we love that have gone away.
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