As a writer, I embrace the eBook. It has widely grown in popularity and is a fantastic way to make my book accessible to more readers. They are also less expensive and, as a reader, I really appreciate that. As people continue to make the internet their world and more and more bookstores go out of business, I’d be crazy NOT to put stock in this market.
As a teacher, however, I have the propensity to want my students to read a bound book. To start, that is how I became a reader. Holding the book in my hand, the sound of flipping page after page as I became engrossed in a story, and the smell of all books – new and old - makes for warm, comfortable memories. My students are constantly looking at a screen, and I think a book is a good change for them. Secretly, I want them to love the feel of a book as much as I do.
But as much as I love the physical book, if I’m being honest with myself, it is the written words that really capture my heart. And whether those words are on a page or on a screen, I’ll still love them equally.
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