New Times / Letter To The Editor
The following articles were printed from New Times [newtimesslo.com] - Volume 28, Issue 49
Physical books do survive
By William L. Seavey - Cambria
I write books (see williamseavey.com). And I collect books. Your piece (“Shelf awareness,” June 26) suggests that books should be dispensed with (even disposed of) just because they are taking up space.
My books mean more to me than most other objects around the house, even though I fully admit I have too many of them. I do weed them out from time to time. Donating them to libraries might be impractical, as they will just end up in book sales. (Books I’ve written have seen that fate.)
But I can see the “writing on the wall” (shelf?). Younger people than I am (I’m 67) do not have the sense of ownership my generation did, and everything is going to digital (but illustrated coffee table, children’s books, and tech manuals ought to survive). You do have to ask yourself, however, if digital formats will survive—and printed books kept in a cool space might well last a few hundred years.
Hey, I have a 100-year-old book about electric cars! So who’s to say that such knowledge becomes irrelevant to contemporary society?
I hope that some of my grandchildren will want some of my books—my collection of environmental tomes is pretty cool—including the late ’70s warnings about climate change and global warming.
Bugs are way cool: Fight pests with beneficial insects for an eco-friendly garden Right off the vine: Summerset Farms in Santa Ynez does all the work, but lets you do the picking Barrels to chairs: Barrel proprietor Pedro Meza wastes not with Eco-Wine Furniture Hobnobbing with Helen: Picnicking with the Pioneers Man's best friend, pest's worst enemy: Agricultural commissioner demonstrates Santa Barbara County's new pest detection dog Search and rescue team rappels stranded hikers down Cathedral Peak Lompoc files petition to take control of resident's property