Yeah, if I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that, I could afford that Tesla I’ve been eyeing. (Who am I kidding? I could afford that Galactica full series DVD set I’ve been eyeing.) Seriously, it’s a lament that I’ve heard many times, from friends, family and potential customers. But when it came up on Facebook recently, I was recommended to check out Createspace to solve the printed book dilemma. I’ve decided to try it—but before I did, I had to do something important: Find a way to rationalize it.
A statement from Steve Davidson, owner/publisher at Amazing Stories, recently posted to Facebook:
“I wish to go on record to state that my recent physical encounter with physical books has absolutely in NO way diminished my love of physical books, nor has it diminished my loathing for so-called e-books in the least!
“We’re taught that the things you work hardest for are the things that you cherish the most, are the things that have the most import and meaning. This is true…and no less true for REAL books. When you’ve carried and sorted and lifted and twisted while holding what amounts to tons of paper in the aggregate, you may ask yourself – “why am I doing this?” After all, there is an easier way – just ditch the whole thing and buy the electronic version, store em in the cloud and get some space back in your hallway.
“But then you look at the titles…the author names…the artwork…and you remember where you where (sic), who you were with and what you were doing when you first started carrying it around and you realize how full of life, how full of stories beyond the story, each and every volume is, and you realize how soulless and meaningless a bunch of ones and zeroes stored on some server farm in Outer Outer Mongolia is and, suddenly, those books just don’t seem that heavy or awkward anymore.”