Sep 21, 2017
Whether you identify with Hermione, delving into the racks and dusty back corridors of the Hogwarts library to find the perfect tome, or Sam Tarley, sneaking into the Citadel archives to seek the ancient texts that may save Westeros, or perhaps Willow in the Sunnydale High School library, poring over stacks of historical and theological references to find the information needed to keep her friends and town safe, there's something in in nearly every pop culture franchise of the past two decades that involves a lover of books. Doesn't this conflict with the increasing ubiquity of digital media and electronic communication? Haven't we sold enough Kindles, Nooks, and iPads to turn the tides of publication, and go truly paperless? Does anyone seriously want to hold a physical book in their hands anymore? (You probably know where we're going with this.)
Despite the sales of electronic reading devices, the exponential surge in both independent blogs and commercialized Internet journalism, and the exhausting media hype about "those darned device-dependant millennials", the printed book still has a firm foundation in our culture, and in our consumption. We want to spend some time looking at the dogged persistence of print, and what still gives us that unique pleasure in holding a tangible literary object in our hands, the act of turning the pages, and the satisfaction of closing the back cover after finishing the tale.
This week, we're joined once again by fellow bibliophile Joy Piedmont, to discuss the enduring love of the physical, printed book.
Referenced Text: The HPA Fandom Forward on Doctor Who, with extensive citation from our own Alyssa!