Writers' Ink at Caledon Public Library

In Praise of the ‘Real’ Books of Our Past

ebook vs paper book

“…despite the many benefits that e-books provide in order to accommodate individual demands, they create a lack of connection between readers and writers. Writing takes passion, be it a story, a letter, a novel or even an article. This kind of passion dwells deep in writer’s minds and keeps them up at night glaring at papers and playing scenes over and over again in their heads. This ardour makes them doubt themselves and their craft, forces them to care about even the most easily overlooked subjects, wondering if the readers will understand their train of thought.

We just can’t find that kind of zeal in stories anymore, because we focus so much on the objective online reads and so much less on the subjective paper ones.

Paper books provide that closer, more intimate and physical manner of understanding the intensity that writers put in their works. Individuals no longer distinguish the difference between good information and bad so they don’t notice how it alters their thinking and beliefs. Today, anyone can publish a story without considering the counterarguments or checking the grammar twice, and proclaim themselves as ‘writers’. Due to that fact, books no longer bear the weight that they had a century ago. Because of the continuous reference to digital gadgets, the public is subconsciously led to think of and treat books are mere objects that they are obligated to make space for on their shelves rather than in their memories and hearts.

With technology’s advances, that essence of reading and writing was lost, and writing books with a purpose has become yet another merchandise on a production line, and the readers are its consumers.”

from a piece by Theodora Karamanlis in Savvy

About Alton Chapter

The Alton Chapter of Writers' Ink meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Alton Branch.

One comment on “In Praise of the ‘Real’ Books of Our Past

  1. Harry Posner
    December 23, 2015

    I agree totally. Writers nowadays need to find their inner artist, write what they want to write, regardless of genre trends and readers as consumers. We’re doing no-one a favour by buying into the retail mentality that is thrust upon us daily from the ‘mundane’ worldview. Our job is to create work that transcends, goes beyond what books have traditionally represented, to write in such a way that the work escapes the digital cage. It can be no more business as usual for those of us who want to stay true to our vision, regardless of fashion and the fluctuations in the marketplace.

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