Monday, November 14, 2011

Grumpy Old man on books.

Maybe I’m an old fogey at the age of 39, but I don’t want to own a Kindle or any other type of electronic book. They are not real. I like the look, the feel, the smell, the touch of real books. I like the paper, the photos, the sound a page makes when you turn it, and I like the fact you don’t need batteries to read a book. I like the fact that when I buy a book, I actually own it, it’s tangible…It’s real. I can put a book on a shelf and pick it up years later to read it, and sometimes, on rare occasions, I can find something that I placed in between the pages, say like a $5 dollar bill I used as a book mark. Can you e-book people say the same thing? I have some books that I inherited from my great grandfather, grandmother and grandfather. These books have some of their hand written notes in the margins of these books. Can you e-book people say the same?

As a kid we used to watch Dana Carvey play the role of a grumpy old man on Saturday Night Live. His character bemoaned modern progress and technology with all the flare Carvey was known for on SNL. In the words of the Grumpy old man on e-books “Flibbidy-flobbidy-floobity!”


  1. I'm with ya, GOM. Besides, books on the shelf double as cool decor. Friends can come over and see what books you have and start great new conversations. And books don't need batteries, either. If you drop a book, just pick it up and keep reading. Drop a Kindle and go buy a new Kindle and start over.

  2. I totally agree. There's nothing like a real book.

  3. Man, I'm with you on this one, books should stay on paper, electronic "books", just don't seem right.