I shall try and find time to write something more substantial soon but I was reading a often fascinating blog called ‘Letters of Note’ and found a letter by Harper Lee of which the following is an extract…
Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. Instant information is not for me. I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it.
And, Oprah, can you imagine curling up in bed to read a computer? Weeping for Anna Karenina and being terrified by Hannibal Lecter, entering the heart of darkness with Mistah Kurtz, having Holden Caulfield ring you up — some things should happen on soft pages, not cold metal.
And while I am guilty on occasion of curling up in bed with my netbook and love my kindle not least because I can carry 100 books with me when I go away and have just installed the Kindle app on my smartphone Harper Lee is correct – some things just should happen (for the first time at least) on soft pages.
See the full letter at: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/10/some-things-should-happen-on-soft-pages.html