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The Anti “You’ve Got Mail”

This morning, I’ll be going to Borders Books with my Aunt Kate and my mom. Borders is going out of business after filing for bankruptcy recently. Because of this, they’re having a crazy liquidation sale and my Aunt and I have gift cards that need to be used up anyway, so it’s like we’re getting free books.

In the movie “You’ve Got Mail”, Meg Ryan’s little bookshop-around-the-corner is threatened by Tom Hank’s big chain bookstore. Now, it seems like the big behemoth booksellers are in trouble, too, thanks to things like Amazon.com, the kindle, and the iPad. …I’m really not too happy about this.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for technology, but I just don’t like the e-book. Yeah, I’ll read my news or a blog post or two on a screen, but I just don’t like reading something as long as a book on a screen. It makes my eyes tired. Plus, there’s something comforting about the smell of a book. Something about dog-earing a page and seeing how much progress you’ve made. Something about the smell of a book that you really just can’t get anywhere else.

I really hope the coming years don’t mean the disappearance of the book, like the stores that sell them.

Xoxo, Karoline

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  1. I also appreciate the feel of a real book. That said, if you buy an e-reader with an e-ink screen, it doesn’t hurt your eyes, because it isn’t backlit.

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