“The recurring motif in cinema of a freshly finished manuscript being scattered by the wind or burned in a fire is far more savage a drama than the computer crash that modern authors contend with.” So contends Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association award-winner Craig Thompson in this brief reflection on traveling with print books.
I just returned from a three-month book tour and was discouraged to see eBooks as the requisite travel accessory, the airports littered with travelers hunched over smart phones and Kindles and iPads. It’s true, Bolaño’s 2666 takes up a lot of space in your carry-on bag, but that’s the point! It’s like a pet that requires a 5am walk. The heft is a symbol of commitment —a marriage band.
I have to admit I agreed with him right up until the point where I got a Kindle for Christmas. What say you, readers?