I was in Barnes and Noble a couple days ago exchanging a book I had purchased and the following conversation occurred…
Sales associate: You know, if you had a Nook, you could just do this online. It would be super convenient!
Me: Oh, I know. But I will never own an e-reader. I will cling to the printed page until the day that I die (Yes. I literally said this).
SA: Well…okay…I mean, IF there are still bookstores around then.
Me: (gritting my teeth) There will be.
SA: I don’t know…lots and lots of bookstores are going out of business.
Me: (a little louder than necessary) There will always be books.
SA: Well, Half-Price Books will be probably still be around.
Me: (trying not to shoot lasers into this woman’s head with my eyeballs) If it’s just me, stock-piling books in my basement, there will still be books.
SA: That’s so funny. It’s usually not the younger ones that say that – it’s usually the older people!
Okay. So I think she just called me an old-fashioned stick-in-the-mud fuddy-duddy. Which is fine. I mean, I’m mostly an eighty-five year-old lady trapped in the body of a twenty-four year-old. I’m aware.
But I think I’m pretty hip. Pretty with it. Pretty down with the kidz. I mean, I listen to my iPod. I use a cell phone. I have a Facebook profile and a Twitter. I have a BLOG, okay? But I just…I just can’t get behind this.
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Honestly, if I didn’t think one was going to try and eradicate the other, I wouldn’t be so annoyed.
I do not think ill of the many, many Nook and Kindle readers of the world. Some of you I even call my friends and my family. I do not begrudge you your life choice. You have your free downloadable classics and your lower book costs and smaller carbon footprint and compact library and chic e-Reader covers. Get on with your bad selves! Not that you needed my permission.
I’ll just be over dog-earing pages and bending book spines and writing notes in the margins. Oh, yeah, and if I spill my coffee? My book probably won’t die.
Here’s what I’m reading now. I love Ree Drummond. If I had been born with an older sister around, this is what I imagine she would be like. Her love story, though…sigh. A city girl and a rancher. So good. Oh, yeah, and I'm aware of the irony of insisting on a printed book written by a blogger.
What about you? What thing are you sad to see being replaced by new technology?