This week's question:
Up until recently, people could browse your bookshelves and learn a lot about you–what your interests are, your range of topics, favorite authors, how much you read (or at least buy books).
More and more, though, this is changing. People aren’t buying books so much as borrowing them from the library. Or reading them on their e-readers or computers. There’s nothing PHYSICAL on the shelves to tell strangers in your home, for better or worse, who you ARE.
Do you think this is a good thing? Bad? Discuss!
I hate to walk into someone's house and see nothing on shelves except for interior design magazines.
Books are a really good way of getting to know someone, they reveal so much of a person, that I always look as surreptitiously as I can to see what he or she has on bookshelves. Now, of course, with ebooks, things are changing, but in my opinion, not for the better.
Now even for reading people have to rely on technology. Wasn't picking up a book the one thing you could rely on if the power went out?