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I get that the world is changing with technology and all, but I’ll never apologize for my zest for real books. Kindle? Krap! iPad? iPuke! Audible? Awful-ible! Where’s the lush paper? Where’s the beautiful dust jacket? Ebooks aren’t even real books! Physical books are an EXPERIENCE, like a candlelit French dinner with wine and warm baguettes. But better.

Books are a conversation. I like underlining my favorite passages in blue ink and writing witty little margin notes where I imagine J.R.R. Tolkien and I are having a chat over tea. Then we take a romantic walk in the Misty Mountains with Bilbo Baggins! Sometimes I draw arrows pointing to a lovely phrase, or I draw a big sword next to a paragraph that EXCITES me. …


Alex Baia

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