Pages. They’re full of news, history and stories. They take us to fictional worlds and remind us of the one we’re standing in. They wake us up, and they help us coax our kids to sleep.
With so many of them around it’s often easy to forget their importance... but that’s a fact that is already changing. Maybe just a little bit each day, but steadily it is. Newspapers are drifting to the virtual world, and the classics are making their way to the Kindle.
Some mourn this change and others celebrate it, but if there is one thing that is becoming clear, it’s that physical books will slowly but surely become less commonplace.
There was a time when books were treasured objects. Each one existed only as the result of hours, days, weeks, and sometimes years of work. They were cared for and collected. They were admired and coveted. Although for many this is still the case, the sheer abundance of printed matter, has taken a little of the shine off of the tiara so to speak. In some ways, the move away from the printed page is bringing it back.
Because we don’t need physical media to acquire information, the books we collect are the important ones. The ones we read over and over again. The ones we like to look at. The ones that remind us of someone or something.
What more precious and irreplaceable books are there to collect than the ones filled with the stories children tell us about the way they see the world.
The only catch is that you have to make sure to write them...