And chances are, they won’t be able to use them 40 years after graduation, as I do.
A friend of mine recently showed me her new Kindle, and raved about how wonderful it was to read books on a lightweight, portable computer screen. I’ll admit, it was sort of cool. It would be nice to have if you were reading on a plane, or reading in bed.
I once tried to read a book on a desktop computer screen, and I hated it. It just seemed so confining, so mechanical.
I think I always will prefer real books. I like to hold them and slowly watch my progression as I turn each page. I like their heft and their dust jackets. I like underlining favorite passages, and making notes in the margins. I like settling into my favorite chair for hours of quiet communion with a dear old companion.
I love libraries, old bookstores, and the sense of serendipity that comes from searching through piles of books at yard sales and library sales and finding a bargain.
My life has been changed by a 25-cent book … and by old textbooks that I decided to keep.
Danville native Kevin Cullen is a former Commercial-News reporter. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.