Monday, July 25, 2011

What Is This Place? Ohhhhh....A Bookstore!



Since I have become the proud owner of a Kindle, I have frequently commented that print books are Satan. Kidding, of course. Kidding. But seriously, it's been a while since I read a print book. The last time irritated me no end. I couldn't adjust the font size. I couldn't leave bookmarks and memos for myself (which is such a great option for reviewers!). The book keeps snapping shut when you're trying to read and eat your heart-healthy lunch simultaneously. I cursed the heavens above and swore, as God is my witness, I would never read a print book again!

And then I went to the New England Mobile Book Fair.

There are bookstores. And then...well...there is the New England Book Fair.

I went for one reason. To get a book from my son's summer reading list. One. Single. Book. I forgot how seductive this shop is. A giant warehouse, utterly chaotic and mesmerizing. Are the books organized according to subject? By author? By title? Hell no. This place is organized by publisher, and it's fabulous. When you finally locate a book you are searching for, it's like finding a hidden treasure. Books are stacked on shelves. Piled in boxes on the floor. Forgotten in corners. It is a bibliophile's Shangri-La. This is no chi chi Barnes and Noble, with a Starbucks in the corner. This is for hardcore readers, baby, and I love it!

Back to my story. I forgot about the wonder of meandering through a kick-ass bookstore, discovering dusty treasures and exploring like a turn-of-the-century adventurer. Yes, I did get the one single book on my to-do list. I also got a vegetarian cookbook, 2 mysteries, 2 romance novels, a cookbook about cupcakes, a cookbook about cake pops, 4 Highlighter magazines, 2 guide books about Maine, and a kid's almanac 2012 by National Geographic. (My daughter was with me). We had a blast. And frankly, it made me sort of sad. I have a bad feeling all bookstores are going to bookstore heaven in the not-so-distant future.

Needless to say, I will be very busy this week. Baking cupcakes. Reading romance novels. And planning my trip to Maine.

As God is my witness, I will never ding print books again.

Penelope

11 comments:

heidenkind said...

I don't think ALL bookstores are going to bookstore heaven, but there will be less of them. But there's still Wal-Mart and Target, I suppose. :P

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Don't you dare ding bookstores! The truth is, I can lose an entire day wandering through an old bookstore - not a big box store, but one of those old fashioned bookstores that contains new releases, old releases and used books. Love 'em with a grand passion!
I will miss them terribly if and when they're gone.
Have fun with your cupcakes. Yum! And have a great trip!

Penelope said...

At some point all books will be digital. All leisure reading, textbooks, manuals, everything. I can see a bookstore still existing that has "bookcovers" displayed with a purchase card, and the customer pays and has the digital book uploaded onto his e-reader. This way, there is still a browsing option, and the bookstore still makes money. But at some points, most, if not all, print books will cease to exist. Kids will get ereaders for school, workers will get ereaders for their jobs, etc. It's cheaper, greener, it's gonna happen.

Amber Skyze said...

I really hope all bookstores don't go to book heaven. It would be sad.
I'm having a craving for cupcakes now! :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I adore my Kindle but there is just a special kind of magic reserved for print books.

Penelope said...

Hi Amber....this week I'm going to try gingerbread cupcakes...yum!

Juju....I'm reading the print version of Heartless right now. I still don't love it...font too small, hate the book snapping shut on me. I've gone over to the dark side now...hee hee!

Annette Blair said...

We're going to Maine, too. Our children bought us a second honeymoon there (where we went the first time) for our anniversary. Sooo looking forward to it. I hope you really mean that you're going. It'd be good for you.

Annette Blair said...

Meant to mention that I have a Nook, so convenient, and then, like you, there are bookstores. Last week we went to Niantic where there are book barnes, like a next of them, huge, adventuring kind of book places. OMG. What nook?

Annette Blair said...

that should say: A NEST OF BARNES. Lots of them. Too bad I'm a writer who can't write.

Annette Blair said...

and again B-A-R-N-S

Penelope said...

Hi Annette! Yes, it's good to have both the e-reader and the ability to choose print books once in a while. But I still fear for all the book stores....digital books are the future, like it or not.

And yes, we really are going to Maine! Next week. Kennebunkport, Camden, Mt Desert Island, and Freeport. Can't wait! :^)