The day I overheard a young father in the library ask his small children “Do you want to look for a hard copy book?” I knew we had turned a corner and the world had shifted. The youngest among us have to be told to look somewhere particular to find that print copy, all paper and binding, a “hard copy”. Just “book” won’t do.
Am I sad about this? I have to say, Kitsap “eBook love” is rubbing off on me, as I pay attention to the comments I’m hearing and the many faces of Kitsap, beaming as they tell me how very much they love their eBooks. I’m beginning to see why they just might be more loveable than I first supposed.
EBooks, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways, in the voices of our Kitsap neighbors:
1. The woman who had given up on her beloved bedtime ritual of reading in bed, because no matter what source or type of lighting she tried, her eyes were strained and she couldn’t read anymore…until she got a self-lighted eReader and discovered eBooks. She got her bedtime ritual back…Joy!
2. The low vision arthritic gentleman, frustrated by the lack of selection in Large Print and finding it increasingly difficult to grip a heavy book for very long, was in pain…until he got his pick-your-own-print-size and lightweight eReader. He told me eBooks have changed his life…for the better!
3. The young professional who, asking if we had any eBooks at all, was bowled over in surprise that we have not only eBooks and audiobooks, but also 75 top e-Magazines (Zinio) and 3 free-and-keep-it music tracks a week, from 70% of the music industry (Freegal – it’s free and legal), and exclaimed “Wow! Where’ve I been?” She left with a smile and her first library card in a long, long time.
So, Kitsap, why do YOU love eBooks? It would be great to see your comments here…more reasons to love!
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