Beau Friedlander, the editor in chief of AirAmerica.com wrote an interesting piece in the November 9, 2008 Los Angeles Times, entitled “The Internet vs. Books: Peaceful Coexistence” (http://www.latimes.com/features/books/la-ca-gutenberg9-2008nov09,0,7124141,print.story). The title says it all, but it’s interesting to read other writers’ views on using the internet. I use it for research, marketing and keeping in touch with people. I don’t do a lot of surfing. What I find is that the internet is a hungry beast and devours an incredible amount of time.
As for books, I love books. Love, love, love them. I live amidst piles of them of all kinds. I doubt books will disappear anytime soon in spite of the internet and e-readers. Holding a book is like holding the ideas and words, hopes and dreams of one person in one’s hands, all the possibilities of the human condition and all the stories….