There's been quite a bit in the news lately about the closing down of book stores.
Locally, Books-A-Million is on the short-list, with it's doors permanently closing on April 15.
Nationally, Borders is closing over 200 stores.
It's a sad time for book lovers. I felt a kindred spirit while reading Jeff Pearlman's piece on CNN.com lamenting the closing of the Borders he spent time in writing one of his novels.
On a semi-ironic note, I remember when a local bookstore where I grew up closed down after Borders moved into town. It was a bittersweet moment because while I was happy to sweep up a bunch of long-lusted-after books at a deep discount, it was also sad to think I'd never get to peruse those shelves again.
It was another stop on a chain of events thrusting our society into a new age. Big chain store closes down small, locally owned business only to go bankrupt when the book business goes digital.
Like Pearlman, I'm a bit of book purist. I like books. There's history to a book that can never be in electronic format. I cannot pass a signed copy of a first edition e-book down to my grandchildren. Can there even be a first edition e-book?
I'll admit, I said many of the same things when iPods came about. "I love CDs! I will always buy CDs!" Now, it's a rarity if I purchase one (to be fair, I don't buy a whole lot of music these days in general). I'm sure photographers can relate as well, when their medium went digital and darkrooms obsolete.
My husband and I picked up a birthday gift for his 14-year-old sister at Urban Outfitters: a 35-mm camera with a fisheye lens.
"Is there anywhere she could even develop the film?" I asked him.
We had to verify with his parents before finalizing the purchase.
But books. There is nothing I am more proud of than my book collection — my library — and I dream of having a house one day with built in book shelves and being able to organize my books (in alphabetical and chronological order — I swear I'm not OCD) and share them with my children.
I love books. I will always buy books.