Back in the 90s, I worked at a Midwestern independent bookstore helmed by a fascinating and charismatic man. Our store meetings and social occasions would give rise to his impassioned lectures of “the soul of the book”. Even at that time, he knew, books and reading were under attack. The now ubiquitous e-readers were expensive novelties, only owned by the rabid early adopters of technologies.
Now, it seems everyone and anyone has begun to forsake the musty physical charms of a real book for the convenience of the soulless machine that has any book you want, anytime you want it, right at your fingertips. But what to do with all those pesky books you have littering your household? Never fear, there are plenty of uses for books beyond reading! Read more