The journey of books through families
|A few books my mother has given to me|
I have a collection of old books that my mother has given me. These are books she read as a girl and ones I also read as a girl. They may be old and mean very little to others, but to me they are treasures that I hope one day to pass on to my children and their children. That is the joy of books . . . they can be shared and given to others to enjoy. You can share a book with a friend to cheer them up, you can pass books onto people who may not be able to afford to buy books, you can share books with members of your bible study to help them grow . . . but most importantly, they can be past through the generations.
When I say books, I am referring to the paper book, those that smell and have texture, those that can be held and flicked through . . . not the electronic ebook that has very little character at all. Whilst I see the attraction of the ebook and I have a collection of them myself . . . I still cling to the paper version of books, to me they have a life and character that no ebook will ever have.
Ebooks have many positive attributes, but they can never be past on to other generations and be treasured as books can and that is the sad story of ebooks, they are here for the moment. I am sure we will reach time when very few books are printed and that will be a sad time in our history. Just imagine a couple of hundred years from now, someone find a old Kindle in the ruins of a house. It can't be opened, the books cannot be viewed - people will be curious about its content. However those books I have don't need to be plugged in and don't require any fancy technology to read - they is assessable to all, even in a few hundred years!!
Don't let the book die a sad death.
Do you have any books that you wish to pass onto your children?