Saturday, December 27, 2014


For the first time in our 15 years of celebrating Christmas as a family, there was no Christmas book stack under the tree.

The traditional stack of brightly wrapped books wrapped in a big red bow has been displaced by technology.  With the exception of a scattered gift or a publication that can not be gotten in an e-format, I have left the acquisition of hard copies of new books, fiction and non-fiction, to history.

Up until the past few months, if given the choice, I’ll still pick the old-fashioned variety most every time. However my romantic love of the smell, feel and artistry of the written has been overwhelmed by the ease of carrying, storing and organizing digital titles

I love reading. There are usually between 3 and 5 books being consumed by our family members at any one time. Access to e-books is easy and instant  - a quick download and instantly the title is in your hands. 

Public libraries have gotten with the new reality with the eResource Portal. A valid public library card is all you need to unlock the electronic resources gathered from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University, the College of the North Atlantic, and Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries. These resources fall under the categories of: Business; Consumer Information; Education; Government Services; Health; Kids & Parents; Newfoundland, and Research.

I will probably commit to a few more book reviews, as one of the downsides of my conversion to digital is that I can not just pass the book on to someone else. Once you are done reading a digital book, you usually cannot pass it along to bless someone else.

I hope the printed book that you can hold in your hand will never be replaced completely. 

I have a feeling my grand-children will react to the analog book like my kids do to an ash-tray. You used to do what?

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