It’s the words that count!

Ever since my husband bought me a kindle for Christmas just over a year ago, I have been involved in several discussions on whether they are a good thing or whether we should stick to books just to make sure they will still be around in a hundred years time. I have also read several posts about the subject and I have even written one myself.

This Friday I heard a line that solved the whole debate for me forever. I was watching room 101, a brilliant program where (for those of you who don’t know it) well known people get to choose something they would like to get rid of, they argue the case why and the presenter then decides whether the object will go into room 101. Anyway, one of the guests wanted to put e-books into room 101, this fired the usual debates of 1 person saying they love books too much to own an e-reader and the other person saying they love reading so much they love being able to carry hundreds of books with them on their e-reader. But then came the line, the line that was going to, in my opinion, solve this problem forever. It wasn’t anything philosophical or deep and meaningful. It wasn’t particularly clever but it made sense. “It’s the words that count, not how you read them”.

And that’s just it, it is the words that count.

Enough said.

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15 Replies to “It’s the words that count!”

  1. I couldn’t agree more. I have now owned five Kindles having just received another this past Christmas. I love reading and the Kindle makes it so convenient. I still love to walk into a bookstore and inhale deeply. I love the smell of books. 🙂

  2. It really is. I do love books, the look and feel and smell of them, but there’s no denying the convenience of ebooks, and I’ve got quite a few of them too. As long as people are reading, what does the medium matter? My 63 year old author/editor mother has a Kindle. hehe

  3. I agree with that. When it comes down to it, as long as I can read, I’ll be happy with whatever medium the stories take.

    that being said, I don’t think books will ever disappear. Even if there are fewer printed every year, just think of all the beautiful second-hand books out there waiting to be picked up and enjoyed again.

    Unfortunately the endangered species is the library but that’s another argument for another day.

    Thanks for keeping the e-reader vs. book debate in perspective.

  4. perfectly said! Personally, I love reading actual books. I stare at a computer screen all day at work, so a real book in my hands at night in bed is much more comforting than looking at another screen. But to each his own. Reading is reading… the words are the same…so true!

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