Books are made of win, cont’d

More reasons why books still rock. Newsweek has a cool infographic of the pros and cons of books and e-books; interesting factoids include “Carbon emissions required to make 40 to 50 books = carbon emissions required to make one e-reader” and “Walking to the library is still the most ecofriendly way to read.” And on Wired, John Abell weighs in:

An unfinished e-book isn’t a constant reminder to finish reading it. […] E-books don’t exist in your peripheral vision. They do not taunt you to finish what you started. They do not serve as constant, embarrassing reminders to your poor reading habits. Even 1,001 digital books are out of sight, and thus out of mind. […]

E-books can’t be shared, donated to your local library shelter, or re-sold. They don’t take up space, and thus coax conflicted feelings when it is time to weed some of them out. But because they aren’t social, even in the limited way that requires some degree of human contact in the physical world, they will also never be an extension of your personality. […]

E-books can’t be used for interior design. Before you roll your eyes at the shallowness of this gripe, consider this: When in your literate life you did not garnish your environment with books as a means of wordlessly introducing yourself to people in your circle? […] It may be all about vanity, but books — how we arrange them, the ones we display in our public rooms, the ones we don’t keep — say a lot about what we want the world to think about us. Probably more than any other object in our homes, books are our coats of arms, our ice breakers, our calling cards. Locked in the dungeon of your digital reader, nobody can hear them speak on your behalf.

(via The Dish)

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