It seems like you have to take a side with just about everything these days.
You have to be a Democrat or Republican. If you love baseball, it must mean you hate football. Do you watch MSNBC or Fox News? Paper or plastic?
Apparently, this now applies to books, as well. Do you read e-books? If so, why aren't you reading print books?
Maybe that's a bit exaggerated, but after reading Jonathan Segura's post at NPR Monkey See, it seemed as if a line in the sand had developed among people of the book.
This flame was lit by Jonathan Franzen, who thinks it's "going to be very hard to make the world work" if our literature isn't permanently available on print, rather than flirting with obsolescence on an electronic screen.
I've been thinking about this even more over the past couple of days, as I prepare for my visit to Malaysia and collect things to read for the long trip. Almost all of the books (and magazines) I'll be reading are going to be loaded on my iPad.
Why? For one thing, there's a hell of a lot less to pack and carry around. I won't have to try and cram all of it in the pocket of the seat in front of me. I'll be able to switch between materials without having to rummage through my bag and constantly elbow the person sitting next to me. (Sorry, Mom.) And I won't be leaving anything behind for someone else to pick up because I'm done with it.
Although to be honest, I probably will bring a print book or two with me to read later on. Because I happened to buy that particular book in printed form. And it's virtually impossible for me not to spend at least $20 any time I'm at an airport newsstand. Because I still like books and love magazines. I wasn't aware that reading them electronically and not holding the actual publication in my hand could call that into question.