Book future: I loved printed books and, of course, I have thousands at home. But the modern ebook (and Bruce Willis) has changes the rules of play in many aspects of our social life.
Before, when we wanted to listen to something, we listen the radio –yes, I am talking like my grandfather, but I promise people did it-. Later, we went to the music store and we tried –just try- to flirt with the shop assistant. Now, we just need to go to the computer, write an address in the internet, take the credit card and all the work is done.
More or less the same with the books. I spent days and days looking for that formidable title in thousands of bookstores and, when you finally got it, you were the happiest man in the entire world. Now, I just need three clicks. It’s modern life, you have all your books in a little system in your pocket and –I recognize- that’s great. You don’t need a great room to arrange all your books, the system will do it for you. What do you want? Your favorite books? We have a system of starts and even if you don’t know what to read the system can recommend you whatever you want. That’s evolution and I know and I am with the evolution. But Mr. Willis and his declarations create something like a morbid doubt in us. When we are death, those books will die with us and we won’t have anything to leave to our dear children –except, of course, our great collection of sport cars and our great fortunes (we wish)-.
Many nights Isabel and I speak about book future and someone –it doesn’t matter who- said that this society, this time, is not going to survive. I know the paper is not the perfect medium for a book.. but it’s not the worst either. I think about computers and I think about myself ten years ago with one of my first computers. Yes, I lost everything… my University works (it’s better they are lost)… the game I programmed when I was a teenager –no joke, I did one stupid video-game about a ball jumping). Even my first novel, published some years ago, is lost in my PC hard disks. I mean, how can you see the future of our books in ten years? Probably we will continue reading new books but, maybe, we would like to read again that book we loved (like Ten Masks of Evil, now available on Amazon, no joke either). Yes, we will be able to buy it again but it won’t be the same or the same edition and, in this ten years, we will have lost something special, something that it won’t return again.
Maybe I’m a little romantic today, but I miss my dear bookshelf.
With computer or not, please be happy, dear friends.