With technology seeming to advance forward faster than ever before, into a spiral of smaller, faster, smarter--I seem to stay attached to what we are leaving behind. Whether thats all my Disney movies on VHS tapes, my cassettes I used to put into my kiddie karaoke machine, or simply books where I turn the pages with my own hands. I miss that easiness of my childhood, even if things seem to be even easier now.
I'm not technologically-inclined like a lot of my fellow millennials. I don't know all the commands on my computer keyboard, I couldn't really tell you how bluetooth works, and I don't understand how to get pictures put into an email without having to look it up first. So besides my lack of knowledge when it comes to technology--I just don't think we need it.
But I'll never trade in my paper books for the digital versions. There is nothing like holding the book in your hand, flipping through the pages to see how much farther you have to go, and realizing that you're finally on the last page. You can chuck it at the wall when you get really angry (unless you want to do this with your Nook/tablet/Kindle which I don't suggest), you can hold it to your chest when something moves you, and you can smell that old book smell whenever you feel like it.
And its something more than that too. Its seemingly coming to end like Fahrenheit 451--where books will be no more, where reading on paper will become a thing of the past, where flipping through picture books will become foreign for a child as they swipe the screen to the next image. It just doesn't seem right.
Most of my textbooks are online versions, most stores offer not only the print but electronic pricing, and even some newspapers are now completely online only. Although the process of switching from paper to technology has gone much slower than I expected, and although I am happy that paper is being saved in all of this to help the environment, I just like to take a couple moments and step back every now and then. I like to see what I grew up with, what I learned with, and how I experienced reading for the first time.
Its so very different now and that makes me sad. I just don't want to let go of that part of my childhood--because it gave me so many good memories, so many great characters, and so many ideas for my own future books. I can't imagine my life without reading--but if I am going to read, I want it to be out of my own copy, not a digital version of the same thing.