Young Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Author ~

God, I love bookstores.

They lure me inside and force me to buy, buy, buy! Books that I should, I guess, be buying on my Nook.

Yeah, I bought one. A Nook. I failed to mention that fact about….six months ago. I broke down. Technology lulled me into its grip. Honestly, I bought one because:

1. I’m a writer and we need to stay current.

And 2. I thought for the sake of research and further education, it would serve an excellent purpose. I didn’t want to lug around a lot of books on craft and research material.

It was great at first. Then the inevitable happened. I started downloading novels. Of course I did! Do you realize the price difference? The ease of paying and BOOM, there’s your book. Waiting to be read. I love that!

But….I miss bookstores. I miss turning pages, the smell of paper, the feel of a book in my hands. I’m a reader and part of that love is meandering through bookstore isles. Browsing. Searching.

So yesterday as I continued my Christmas shopping, I found myself in Barnes and Noble. I could have only bought the two paperback books on my list, the ones for kids who don’t own ereaders. I could have gone on by only purchasing a Nook gift card for my mom, but did I?

No.

I saw a gorgeous hardback copy of the book I intended my mom buy with that gift card on her own Nook. The soft light gleamed off the black cover, I inhaled the sweetness of paper and picked it up off the shelf. All $18.99 of it. 400 pages of…ahhhh. I had to buy it. It was calling me!

So there. My defiance toward ereaders is based on my pure love of heavily perfumed, weighted paper books. They are why I write. Why I’ve always written. Why my shelves at home are stuffed full of books I’ve read time and again. They give me a sense of pride. For myself and for every writer whose blood, sweat and tears poured into those pages.

Soon I will also join the ranks with my fellow indie, self-pubbed and trad authors with books available on every manner of ereader imaginable. But, Barnes and Noble, and all of you mom and pop bookstores and shops….you had me at hello and you’ll keep me ’til goodbye.

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7 responses

  1. That’s why I’m torn. Books are awesome. But I just won’t have the space for books right now :/

    December 22, 2011 at 6:46 am

  2. Start gathering before they’re collectors items;)

    December 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    • Don’t say that!!

      December 27, 2011 at 9:14 pm

  3. Hahaha! I know…it’s a scary thought. But I want my Dickens in hardback not ebook. I’m on the 4th George Martin book, A Feast for Crows, all on my Nook. But these books will be classics. I’ll be buying them all in hardback at some point. If technology fails—all is lost, somewhere behind the black screen. That is scarier to me.

    December 28, 2011 at 10:42 am

    • I think you just inspired another blog post;)

      December 28, 2011 at 10:43 am

      • I like the sound of that!

        January 17, 2012 at 6:45 am

  4. ;)) It was Behind The Black Screen.

    January 17, 2012 at 11:02 am

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