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2009-07-28

the bookkeepers

Books have been around for ages. We seem to be reading more than ever and - in spite of an abundance of electronic media - we cling to books. We borrow books for a while. We buy books to keep them or give them away. Here's Pocket Shop at Central Station.

Centralen (map) 13 July 2009

13 comments:

Svenske Floyd said...

Interesting point. The ways of reading huge masses of text on a screen are still under development. So far it has also proven difficult to earn much money from them. Meanwhile the production and distribution of conventional books has also changed, so I say it will take a long long time until the E-books have taken over. And they will never take over completely, because when the electronic communication is "404" the printed book is still there for you.

Vogon Poet said...

I love book, have a house full of them, so I am now a bit careful about what I buy, just for space reasons...

B SQUARED said...

Isn't it interesting how many read and how few listen?

Halcyon said...

I love books! I like to keep a number of unread titles at my disposal so there's something fresh when the fancy strikes me.

Lena Johansson said...

I am a book-lover too. And a library-lover. Books are my friends... :-)

My favourite book is The Story about San Michele, Axel Munthe.

Per Stromsjo said...

Cinema didn't die when TV came along. Newspapers won't cave in anytime soon (at least not the real ones that people actually pay for) and books are still going strong, it seems.

Svenske Floyd: You're right about production and distribution undergoing major changes. As long as the product is still competitive, we'll cling to it. Out of curiosity, I'd want to try an e-book. So far it seems like a solution looking for a problem though.

Vogon Poet: So what is your opinion on pocket books? I suppose there are a few in your house already.

B Squared: An interesting observation. Maybe reading is being perceived as more of a controlled exercise where I (the reader) get to pick whatever content I'm happy with at the moment?

Halcyon: So could you give us an example of what's on your reading menu at the moment?

Lena Johansson: Then I can tell you in strict confidence ;) that we'll pay another visit to the library again soon.

Thanks all for partaking in our celebration of literary in all forms and shapes.

Jacob said...

Yes, as Svenske Floyd says, it is interesting. I remember not so long ago when people prophesied computers would do away with paper and books...

Yet, the book business seems to be booming and I'm sure doing my share to keep it going. The E-books are never going to replace the written word in hand...in fact, I'm hearing that already their sales are way down.

Now, you'll have to excuse me, I've just got to figure out where the hell I'm gonna put these books I just bought!

Tinsie said...

I love books - and bookshops! My husband reads e-books a lot when on holiday, but I just can't focus on a screen.

cieldequimper said...

Nothing can replace the feel of a book. Paperback, hardback, leather binding... The smell, the flip of the page... Last count I had over 2000 books, please don't let me loose in a bookshop! Well... at least in a Swedish bookshop I would only go for picture books! ;-)

JM said...

It's allways so nice to know books are not 'dying'!

I really enjoyed your comment about the wine bottles! Lol!

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

I love books, too. Just unimaginable that some people thought the Internet will replace them. No one medium will replace another.

Halcyon said...

Right now I'm reading a book called Spandau Phoenix. It's not the type of book I usually read (and I'm having some trouble getting into it), but it's written by a local author. So I thought I'd give it a try!

Per Stromsjo said...

I suppose better versions of the e-book will be able to enlarge text for those of us who need it. Could be a major advantage for a segment of the market.

Jacob: There was a time before paper books and - maybe - there will be a time after them but I agree that you and I won't live to see it.

Tinsie: A fast food chain in Sweden has recurring campaigns where a book is included when you buy a certain meal. Then again, I would want to select the title myself as opposed to just finding it among my salad and juice.

cieldequimper: Wow, 2000 books!

JM: We should all help keep the wine industry floating in times of hardship! ;)

Buenos Aires Photoblog: That's well phrased. Different media complement each other and rarely does anyone disappear.

Halcyon: Good of you to support a local author. We should all remember that the greatest authors once started out as... local authors.

Thanks everyone.

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