Why did I react the way I did? Just read this blurb from the book's back cover and you will, I am certain, understand:
In Bound to Last, an amazing array of authors comes to the passionate defense of the printed book with spirited, never-before-published essays celebrating the hardcover or paperback they hold most dear - not necessarily because of its contents, but because of its significance as a one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable object. Whether focusing on the circumstances behind how a particular book was acquired, or how it has become forever "bound up" with a specific person, time, or place, each piece collected here confirms - poignantly, delightfully, irrefutably - that every book tells a story far beyond the one found within its pages.Does anyone really believe that an e-book will ever have this kind of an impact on its owner? Yeah, sure.
The book is edited by Sean Manning, who has written a brilliant two-page Introduction, and it includes a Forward from Ray Bradbury. Manning's introduction, in fact, puts something about the attraction of a physical book into words that I have been struggling to express for some time. It is a simple statement, so well put that I admire its clarity as much as the picture it paints in my mind:
It's just that, to me, one of the best parts of reading, one of the things that hooked me...is the tactile sensation of turning a page, the sight of my bookmark inching along night after night, getting closer to the finish, then finally closing the book, hearing that whomp, turning it over in my hands, feeling the weight of it, the sense of accomplishment that brings.Yes.
That's exactly what I've been trying to say. This one, without a doubt, is jumping to the very top of my TBR stack.