Today’s article by Dr Jeffrey Lant, CEO Worldprofit, is one very close to my heart. Like my father who died last year and Dr Lant, I am also a lover of books. Dr Lant says in his article, ‘I love the way they smell..’, but I also love the feel of books and the way books look all stacked on shelves, either neatly, which I prefer, or all over the place. It pains me to see books that are not looked after properly or carefully, and I hate to see people writing in books or turning corners to mark their place.
My father was the same, which I suppose is where I get it from and he would also be saddened by the news that another high street book seller is going out of business, due to the advent of the internet and ebooks.
One of my favourite films is The Time Machine by H G Wells, written in 1895 and filmed in 1960 by George Pal, starring Rod Taylor. There is a scene in the film where The Time Traveller is taken by an Eloi to a store of books, but they crumble to dust when he touches them. His reaction is one of anger and dismay that civilisation had gone so far as to forget the value of books. I think H G Wells may have given us an insight, and a warning, about may truly happen in the not too distant future. The internet has already started us along the path of forgetting the value of books, not the stories or information they contain but the actual books themselves.
Like Dr Lant, I am saddened but resigned to the fact that books may already be lost to the human race. I will continue to try to preserve them by adding more to my library.
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