Currently the more books you have the more intellectual you are supposed to be or suppose yourself to be. Interior designers scour second hand stores for ‘old looking’ books for an image of intellectualism, learnedness & culture. Now the Kindle & the iPad seem to finally ringing the death knell of the printed book so physical books will be revisioned. Soon you may simply be viewed as antiquated & out-of-touch. Expect the next decade to see books being dumped like so much unwanted firewood.
But various things will be lost when books disappear. The smell of a book, old or new. The feeling of an old book, the texture of a hardback. A hiding place for money, love notes, drugs & other secrets. The scribbled notes from previous owners & borrowers. The present of a book for a birthday, an event, a right of passage or another reason.
Customer: [Pointing to a shelf] Those books, how much?
Customer: Those books. Leather-bound ones.
Bernard: Yes, Dickens. The collective works of Charles Dickens.
Customer: Are they real leather?
Bernard: They’re real Dickens.
Customer: I have to know if they’re real leather because they have to go with a sofa. Everything else in my house is real. I’ll give you two hundred for them.
Bernard: Two hundred what?
Customer: Two hundred pounds.
Bernard: Are they leather-bound pounds?
Bernard: Sorry, I need leather-bound pounds to go with my wallet. Next!
Will Coles 2012, quote from the tv show Black Books