Monday, December 20, 2010
Do E-Books Even Need Covers?
I went out of my way, and spent a good deal of money, to place a whole wall of built-in bookshelves in the study of this house when we built it eleven years ago. I still enjoy puttering around the shelves, coming up with new filing schemes and presentations as the mood strikes me. Try doing that with a collection of e-books. Bookshelves reveal much about their owner, sometimes more than the owner intends, I'm sure. Are your shelves filled with James Patterson and Danielle Steele novels to the exclusion of most everything else? Do the Twilight novels occupy a prominent position on your shelves? Right alongside your collection of multiple copies of the Harry Potter series, perhaps? If so, you might want to make sure that your boss doesn't peruse your shelves during your next Christmas party if being taken seriously by her is important to you.
When given a chance to study the bookshelves of friends or family members, heavy-duty readers cannot resist. And, whether they will admit it to you are not, they make personal judgments based on what they see on those shelves. Savvy book owners know this, of course, and they use their books to tell others about themselves. All e-book collectors can do, on the other hand, is call up their little digital bookshelves and pass the e-reader or iPad around the room. Not quite the same, is it?