There is nothing better on a summer day than a book in your hands. That statement will always be true. Or maybe not.
You’re reading these words on device of some kind, unless you printed them out. Amazon is selling a lot of ebooks today. Students are working through assignments online. Educators offer them online sources to read and video to view. It’s more than just convenience. When you are chasing information, the most current sources are online. The world changes too fast. Where does that leave the textbook?
Ever since high school, I’ve held onto my copy of Janson’s History of Art. In the edition I own, the timeline ends around Jackson Pollock. It’s useful if I need to know about the Venus of Willendorf and Alexander Calder. Beyond that, it’s frozen in time. It’s a wonderful, outdated book that, together with my high school volume of Shakespeare, makes for the perfect elevating experience — for my laptop. I use both to prop up my Mac when I work at a standing desk.
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