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What does world book day mean to you?


Do you rush to your Kindle and see what you can download in the next sixty seconds, or are you a member of the Nook, Kobo, or Sony eBook reader club? Perhaps you are one of those who prefer to read on their tablet computer. Rumor has it that iPad owners use their toy for reading books.

Maybe, just maybe, you are like me and still use those old fashioned paper based things with color covers and pages you turn by using your hands, but at least you know you won’t run out of batteries.

On world book day, have you considered which book you can’t ever be without, in your life? It may be that you haven’t even read the book in the past ten years, but you still couldn’t be parted from it. If you were in a house fire, after saving your family and valuables, which book would you risk your life to save?

Of course no book is worth that element of risk, but if you needed to sell your books to raise money to feed your family, which one book would remain on the bookshelf?

No doubt that scenario would lead to the eBook fans saying you should keep your Kindle because it’s not worth much more than a few second hand books, while you store at least 1,000 books there for safe reading, another day.

As a final insult (but not meant to you, of course) does world book day include eBooks? Do we need another world day just for eBooks?

So which is the book you couldn’t live without?

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5 Responses to “What does world book day mean to you?”
  1. That’s a tough one, Stephen! But it would be a toss-up between Langston Hughes Selected Poems. I have 2 copies (but it would have to be the one which accompanied me for the year I lived in the States, especially when I went walkabout across the South!) and Jimmy Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time—that essay leaves me breathless, speechless and is a piece of writing to which I aspire as a writer!

    Oh, and I love the feel, smell and comfort of a good, old-fashoioned book with cover and pages, too. Happy WBD…L

  2. 2 quotes from that crazy marvellous Ray Bradbury:

    “There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”
    ― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

    “I still love books. Nothing a computer can do can compare to a book. You can’t really put a book on the Internet. Three companies have offered to put books by me on the Net, and I said, ‘If you can make something that has a nice jacket, nice paper with that nice smell, then we’ll talk.’ All the computer can give you is a manuscript. People don’t want to read manuscripts. They want to read books. Books smell good. They look good. You can press it to your bosom. You can carry it in your pocket.”
    ― Ray Bradbury

  3. OK, I’ll bite. If I were forced to choose my favorite books they would probably be Pride and Prejudice and Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

  4. Stephen says:

    Ladies, such a difficult choice, obviously.

    I would require the complete Agatha Christie collection – but that would mean I’d have to carry 82 books!

  5. Carol says:

    Every day is a book day… e v e r y s i n g l e d a y.

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