Good morning everyone, yes I've remembered this week. To make up for last week as well as the usual teas and coffees there are fresh croissants and home made strawberry jam and freshly laid boiled eggs from our recently aquired hens. So put in your orders and I will put the kettle on.
Last week Caroline Smailes came up with an amazing idea for the launch of her latest novel, Like Bees to Honey. One of each of the 32 chapters was available to read in book format on 32 host bloggers sites worldwide. I know that many of the Racers were hosts. My immediate reaction was wow how amazing! I shall get to read the book even before it's been published I was really excited as I had been eagerly awaiting her next book. I have a laptop so I sat myself down comfortably and started reading. After the initial problem in realising that I had to click the open publishing button I soon got started. I have to say here that the subject matter is rather difficult for me but Caroline's use of language is phenomenal, however I realised after the first three or four chapters that I couldn't continue. Not because of the suject matter but because reading from my impersonal laptop was just not 'doing it' for me. I wanted no needed to be holding the book in my hands. I needed the intimacy of a book to get the feeling of every word, I wanted to 'feel' the words not see them on a screen. So I stopped reading and am now waiting to receive my copy.
Now I know that atleast some [how many?] of you have e-readers so my topic for today is what do you think of them. I understand their convenience but I cannot see how you can ever experience the same relationship with an e-reader, however sophisticated, as you can with a book. I think of the feelings I get when I look at my TBR pile, I like to stroke some of the beautiful covers, have you seen The Childrens Book by AS Byatt the cover is exquisite. The book is excellent as well. I shudder to think that 'real' books might one day be consigned to Museums where you can go and look but not touch. And what about the chance discoveries that are possible from browsing in Bookshops, browsing a list of titles just wouldn't do anything for me.
I hope I am not a luddite but I just can't imagine a world where books are only to be read on e-readers. Do you have the same feelings towards books as I do or is any format okay for you aslong as you get to read the book?
So let me know what you think and I'll go and get out some more egg cups and put the pan on to boil.