Books

I like the smell of libraries. Thousands of books collected in a huge room of knowledge: stories, pictures, illustrations, facts and data rigorously archived side by side. Are libraries threatened with extinction?

Prunksaal, National Library, Vienna

Prunksaal, National Library, Vienna

The short-lived online world is a huge competition to books. We scroll though webpages, surf the net and spend hours flying over some news and articles. Most of the time it is more a scanning procedure than true reading. Though, I really like my electronic devices, I still read hardcopy books. I do not read them on my laptop or tablet and do not even own a kindle or similar device. When it comes to true reading, I am still old-school. I simply like the feeling of the book and its pages. I do not even mind carrying an 800-pages trashy book in my handbag. The same way, I am still a huge fan of old libraries. Many friends are often arguing that they carry half a library on their portable reading devices while I only have one single book with me at a time. However, as old-fashioned as it may sound, I am only reading one book at a time. In my job, I am an all-day multi-tasker, but at home I read page by page. Do you read hardcopy books or did you already switch to portable devices?

Prunksaal, National Library Vienna

Prunksaal, National Library Vienna

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