Ah, yes. Bookstores. Remember those? They were great. But does anyone actually go to them anymore? In an age where everything is digital, it’s hard to keep the bookstores alive. But guess what? We have to. And here’s why.
First of all, bookstores have really stepped up their game. I mean really. I recently went to a Barnes and Noble, and unlike the fluorescently lit, small one I remember going to as a child (which, surprise surprise- closed down!), the new one had amazing food, an adorable cafe, and a beautiful layout complete with big comfy chairs to read in and of course, plenty of books. Besides that, they had lots to offer in addition to their books, such as vinyl (hey, it’s coming back) and live poetry slams (get your snaps ready.) So basically what I’m saying is, if we don’t start going to our local bookstores anymore, where are we going to find poetry slams, records, books, and coffee all in one place? It’s convenience people!
Secondly, we have to keep bookstores alive so e-books don’t take over. Now, I’ll confess- I own a Kindle. Does this make me a hypocrite? Maybe. However, that doesn’t mean I’m not qualified to tell you why buying real books is extremely important, especially in this age of e-books, e-readers, just about e-anything you can think of. Before you think I’m bad-mouthing e-readers, though, let me just tell you- I love my Kindle. That thing has been my travel companion for several years now. I mean, who wants to carry a stack of heavy books with them on a plane when they could have thousands of them at their fingertips downloaded on a piece of technology that weighs about the same as a smartphone? However, there’s nothing better than holding a physical book in your hand. Besides, you can write notes in the margin, put post-it notes on important pages, and underline good quotes (I know you can do some of this on a Kindle, but it’s just not the same.) Also, you know how great the smell of “old book” is? Well, we can’t exactly admire the scent of an “old e-book,” now can we?
Lastly, bookstores are an experience. They are a place where friendships can be created (I had a nice conversation about Sylvia Plath with my cashier,) new discoveries can be made, and most importantly, books can find a new home! So please, instead of ordering or downloading a book online, visit your local bookstore. Trust me, it’s worth the trip.
Because the feeling of running your fingertips across rows of books? The sight of shelves and shelves jam-packed full of words that make up incredible worlds and even more incredible stories? The comforting and familiar scent of ink and paper? That doesn’t come with an e-reader. This, my friend, is precisely why bookstores are so valuable. Going to a bookstore is like going on an adventure where you get to bring a new little adventure (or five if you’re like me) home with you, sandwiched between a front and back cover.
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