I bought a paperbook
It arrived today.
“It” came because I did something I haven’t done in more than four years.
I bought a paperbook…for myself.
It felt odd, honestly, and I felt a bit…yes, guilty about it.
You see, what happened was that I had put a watch at
years ago for a book called simply “Monsters” by George Eberhart.
Eberhart, a librarian, wrote one of my prized possessions:
It’s an amazing work of scholarship, listing primarily newspaper articles from all across the United States about all kinds of weird stuff.
That might not sound like much to you, but I treasure it.
Cryptozoology is a special interest of mine. I love animals, and I love people’s perceptions of the world. I’ve written before about
I could never find out much about this book, oddly enough. Searching the internet, I would find references to it, but I couldn’t even really see much of how it was organized.
So, I listed it on a “watch list”.
Now, many years later, I was told that they had a copy…and relatively inexpensively at $78.
I am about to get a bit of extra money in…so I bought it.
The copy I got is a retired library copy, a bit worn…but I’m pleased with it.
Why would I feel guilty about buying a paperbook?
My understanding is that most people who read e-books also read p-books…and I do sometimes pull a p-book off my floor-to-ceiling library to check something (I think we have about 10,000 p-books on shelves).
I don’t like the ecological impact of p-books…that’s one of the main points.
There are harsh chemicals typically used in their manufacture, and there is a lot used to truck them from “factory” to warehouse to store.
However, in this case, the book had already served a useful life. It’s been out of print for decades, I think…no one was going to make another copy because I bought this one.
The guilt thing is irrational, I know…I don’t hold it against anybody who buys p-books.
E-books (the storage of them and the readers) affect the environment too, although in different ways.
I need to put on glasses to read this: I’d rather have had it as an e-book, with nice links to the references…but I judged that was quite unlikely to happen.
Even though Amazon has stated a goal to have every book ever published, it might not be until some of them fall into the public domain…and of course, a goal is not a promise.
There it is.
I bought a p-book.
Not for somebody else…we still buy
in hardback for new parents.
I bought it for me…and I’ll read it, and add it to my shelves.
Years from now, if it comes out in e-book form, will I buy it again?
For now, I’ll just have to accept that I can’t tell people I’ve stopped buying p-books for myself. 🙂
What do you think? Do you buy both e-books and p-books for yourself? Feel free to tell me I’m being silly about the ecological concerns…I feel like that myself, and am not feeling a bit hypocritical. Do I tell myself that to feel better about not being able to read p-books as well as I used to be able to read them? Maybe…you can tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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