There’s a conversation going on over at Writer Site.  Blogger Luanne commented here on the Sunday Coze that she “will be really sad when humans no longer have actual books”. I agree. Bookstores are being replaced by a digital, portable, e-mailable, disposable, downloadable mash of content.

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Luanne recently had a poem published in the Antigonish Review, a print journal. That’s special. These days, most print versions have been cancelled if the electronic version is available on a website. Readers are choosing to read e-journals, especially students who would rather stand in line to use a library terminal than walk up a flight of stairs to get the paper copy.


There’s a growing concern among professors that students rely too heavily on e-documents and are now giving assignments specifically designed to direct students to print. Their collective statement: “Print is the doorway through which students enter a field in its broadest context, and understand the scope of the field. Electronic is how they find specific bits of information.”

My Hero. Romney Wordsworth.


So, let’s just have a brief word here. You, me and Luanne.

 She poses these questions:   

If the poem isn’t in an actual book or magazine, if it’s only in an e-book, does it really exist or does it fade out of the mind? Is it “over” too quickly? Will we no longer have actual books?

Watch this short fable. The Last Bookshop was filmed in bookstores around London and Kent and takes place in a dystopian future world without books. (I love the very obviously-placed Jasper Fforde titles.)


The future isn’t what it used to be. Or is it?

Toni 8/27/13


  1. Your micro-movie tugged at my heart. I could smell the the books and feel their heft… Let us not let them disappear from our lives….. Thank you, Toni.
    By the way, I am with Luanne. I find poetry written in books on real paper so much more meaningful… I know that is a frivolous notion and yet……..I guess you know what I mean.


    1. Michelle,
      Today I read about yet another effort to keep reading books alive. This time it’s James Patterson ~ as Philanthropist. His website, , helps parents and educators easily find books that kids will love. He donates thousands of books to schools. Through contests, he gives out book stipends to middle-schools students. His family’s foundation bankrolls hundreds of student scholarships, awarded $1.5 million in scholarships to aspiring teachers earning a degree in education. He also hosts an essay competition for high school seniors to win money for college books through his College Book Bucks program. This year he’s introducing a program to help independent bookstores, what he calls the “ultimate outgrowth of saving books.” He’s setting aside $1 million to help independent bookstores that have a kids’ section, but may need a bit of a boost. He also took out advertisements across the country asking, “Who will save our books?” He says no one ~ not the government, politicians or the major media outlets ~ is asking the question. He says the reaction to his ads was positive, “but nothing changed.” He’d like to hear the White House talk about the risks to non-readers as well as the risks of obesity. And I thought JP was just resting on his laurels.


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