When books go out the window

When books go out the window

Besides the fact that this photo was taken outside a book shop in Cape Town, my story today has little to do with Cape Town itself. I love technology, and devices like e-readers and Amazon Kindles are awesome (I want one!), but won't it be sad when humanity eventually stops cutting down trees to print books?

Okay, yes, I know that it's a bit of a catch-22 situation - I'd support the saving of our forests, but on the other hand, a printed book is just so much better than a cold and generic electronic device. Apart from the touchy-feely part that makes real books cool, photos in particular simply look better in print - and I do wonder if digital would ever supersede the beauty of a printed photo.

P.S. I really have to find a publisher - I printed an 8x8 trial book a few weeks ago, and as I said, printed photos just rock!

3 thoughts on “When books go out the window

  1. Beverley

    The printed book comes very high on my list of ‘must have & love’ but like you I also like technology and really enjoy having my Sony e-reader hopefully a balance will be kept between the two and book shops will always be there for us to browse around and enjoy.

    I’ll look forward to seeing your 8×8 printed book of photo’s!!

  2. Paul

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    Hey Bev, wow, your comment reminded me that it’s almost time for your holiday in Cape Town. Yes, indeed, I’ll show you my little experiment. :)

  3. mjw

    I must agree about printed photos – that’s so true. Getaway recently launched a book (called Africa Lens) with highlights of 20 years of the magazine’s photography. I have seen a few of the images on screen and it just doesn’t compare.

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