I buy books, I use the public library, and friends and I pass around books. Before I know it my bookshelves are full. When I prepared to move I didn't want to pay to move all those books and I had no idea what to do with the several hundred hard back and paperback books we had accumulated over the years. A friend told me that a tiny town of about one thousand residents was trying to start a library. The city had little funds for extras so citizens were starting a grass roots campaign to start one with no money. Someone had donated a building and many others donated books. I gave them a call. The woman in charge came out with a pickup and went nuts over the books. Together we loaded the pickup with a few hundred hardbacks in mint condition from the sixties to the 2002. There were biographies, autobiographies, non-fiction, and fiction of all types. She couldn't believe the shape they were in and I explained that only two people, maybe three, read them before they went on the shelves.
I realized driving away that real-hold in the hand and turn the page-books are still wanted. Yes, there are e-books and it is a wave of the future and I'm one of the supporters of those, but I'm happy to think it is going to be a long time until a book in the hand will be considered old fashioned and outdated. There's got to be a place for both kinds in our future society. At least I hope so. What are your thoughts or hopes on the future of books?