Are Books Necessary?


My new Motto

In a world where everyone and anyone can publish a book they have written, is there room for more books to be published?

I have seen this question, though not in the same words, on other websites, blogs, twitter, Facebook and also in magazines. It has me thinking (not questioning mind you) if I need to put my written work out there among the blizzard of books that already exist.

I know that if I don’t at least try I think my family will probably lock me in a dark room until I agree to their terms. But that’s another story. Anyway back to my point about new books.

There are thousands of new books each year that are printed and shipped off to various bookstores around the country and world. There are new, reprints, second editions, sequels, prequels, adapted from movies, graphic novels and a plethora of other ones freshly printed. Is this necessary? I mean are books still needed, beyond the reference and text books? Stay with me here and try not to yell too loud.

And if you answered yes then, why? Why are books needed in this age of instant information gratification via the internet? And with so many books out there about the same subjects, why put out more of the same?  Really there is no need to shout, I can hear some of you grumbling from way over there.

For me the answer is – Yes books are necessary. Did you really think I was going to say something different? The reason is (for me) beyond the obvious of learning and entertainment. For me a book’s value is also in the emotional response that a simple collection of pages with printed words on it can evoke in my being. The way a writer pulls thoughts out of me that I didn’t realize were even hidden inside of me.

Not all books have the same effect on me, some books I haven’t finished when I started them. Usually because the content wasn’t able to keep my interest, it just wasn’t for me. Not all books fit every person. And Aha! – That’s why there needs to be many, many books out there in print as well as in digital form. Books are not a ‘one size fits all’ deal.

Books are also about connections. How you travel from one connection to another to arrive at a book’s destination is noteworthy. You read a book, write-up a review/ recommendation, someone reads the review then buys the book. A connection has been formed. When you can relate to an aspect of the book, whether it’s the characters, the location, or the story itself, that also creates a connection.

Connections are formed every time we read the cover copy of a book. We may or may not buy it based on what the cover says, but it still forms a connection in our brains. Someone we know may like that kind of book and so you pass on the information via; the phone, twitter, Facebook, Google +, in person, etc.

Today I was at Barnes and Noble, to pick up a copy of Blood Work by Kim Harrison, and my mom found a tote bag (the one in the photo). I loved the words on it – “When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I but food and clothes.”  – Erasmus.

After we went home I looked up the name on the internet and read a little about the person who is cited on the bag. Then I sat down and wrote this post. Connections = life.

What connections are you making with books?

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6 thoughts on “Are Books Necessary?

  1. Books are absolutely necessary! They don’t need to be recharged and they can’t be erased by some weird technology malfunction. eReaders have their purpose (and I do have one), but a real book still trumps a fancy gadget. 🙂

    Nice post!

    • Thanks. 🙂
      Batteries and malfunctions – the bane of a technological lifestyle. I love the feel and scent of a book too. I don’t have an e-reader yet, deciding which one to get since Barnes and Noble now has a b&w nook.

  2. Great post. I wouldn’t want to live in a world without books. 🙂 The tote bag in sooo cute. I also love the quote that Kristan posted. 🙂

    • 🙂
      I could in a world without books, I just don’t want to. I would’ve bought the bag if I didn’t buy books already. The article is really good too.

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