I’ll keep the smell, turning pages of real books

Alisa Boswell

Alisa Boswell

By Alisa Boswell

Staff writer

I miss the tangibility of the old fashioned. I guess I’m a little bit of an oddball for my generation, because I have never fully embraced electronics.

I am a Facebook member and I have embraced iPhone apps, but I still miss the humming sound of a typewriter and the magic of film photography as you watch your picture come to life during the photo processing phase.

The worst modern day concept of all for me is the idea of reading a book on an electronic pad. I love books. They are one of my favorite things. I love the feel of the pages as I turn them, and as odd as it sounds, I love the way they smell, especially older books.

There is no smell quite like it. It is the musty, well-used smell of printed pages but it is a smell that tells your brain there’s adventure waiting to be found on those pages.

I have accepted the fact that I must learn to embrace the world of electronics, especially in my line of work. But no, I can never replace my books with the real pages for an electronic pad. I love them too much and the turning of each page is part of the magic of reading the story inside.

I’ll accept the fact that my traveling bag is a couple of pounds heavier because I have four books instead of one Kindle.

Alisa Boswell loves movies and literature and writes for the Portales News-Tribune. Contact her at aboswell@pntonline.com or 356-4481 or on Facebook at Cmi staff-Alisa Boswell.

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