All anyone seems to want to talk about these days is the future of publishing and whether or not books are a dying medium for literature. While it’s obviously true that electronic versions of books are becoming more prevalent and, in a lot of cases, more practical (especially for reading manuscripts!), it’s hard to believe that people will forgo books altogether. Especially when amassed collections can look so beautiful. There’s a reason that photo collections like this one exist—the appeal of rows and rows and stacks and stacks of books is undeniable.
The other day, a friend led me to an article on Flavorwire that showed the libraries of celebrities. I know the first thing I do when I’m in a friend’s home is examine their bookshelf. Not in a judge-y way (I promise!), but because I’m automatically drawn towards them and intrigued. I’m sure the same is true for so many people. Even non-readers or ambivalent ones will join in an exclamation of delight when someone mentions the library in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. It’s a cartoon! It’s a cartoon, but I would go as far as to say that it’s one of the most memorable background scenes in Disney’s oeuvre. I’ve had discussions with more people than I can recall (Lauren even blogged about them back in May) about how the ultimate real estate dream would be to have a library “like the one in Beauty and the Beast.”
Maybe it’s just the rolling ladder, I don’t know.
Okay, it’s not, but it is an added bonus.
In any case, no matter how easy and cheap it becomes to download books onto an e-reader – and I’m in no way discounting their merits – it’s hard to believe that the aesthetic beauty of the book will ever be forgotten or remiss.