How We Read
On a recent weeknight, as I sat in bed reading The Martian on my Kindle, I realized that I missed paperback books. For me, turning pages had become a lost art. I missed the feel and even the smell of books. It was at that moment that I decided to purchase a paperback version of Andy Weir’s The Martian the following day.
When I arrived at Hudson News, a small nondescript store nestled between the Amtrak terminal and a fast food restaurant in D.C.’s Union Station, I made my way to the bestsellers section. The book I sought was on the bottom shelf, just below the latest Nicholas Sparks novel. I picked it up and fanned through it, letting the pages blow air onto my face. A familiar and comforting smell met my nose. I was immediately transformed back to a time when I read paperbacks, a time before impulsive ebook purchases.
I once believed that ebook readers would transform the way I...
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