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The Phantom Read

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He presented an iPad to his wife for her birthday.

Stellar white and gold, it held all the books

in the world. Saved her from driving to

the library or book store, eyes cloudy,

hands and feet bruised by time.

 

Can’t remember how to turn it on, she said,

place an order, adjust the font, the light.

A book I don’t touch doesn’t breathe

in my hands. A book I don’t smell

won’t make me hungry to read. A

book I don’t see, doesn’t see me.

Doesn’t call my name.

— t. l. cummings

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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Just the way I feel – I have an ereader and although I do use it, it isn’t at all the same.

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    October 15, 2017
  2. The smell of books, all of it, is so much better! No offense to digital readers at all but I didn’t enjoy reading on a tablet.

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    October 15, 2017
  3. lol, I get that!

    Like

    October 15, 2017
  4. I eventually got rid of my Kindle, just didn’t use it. I do occasionally read ebooks on my computer though.

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    October 15, 2017
  5. ~M #

    Oh, I feel exactly the same way! 😉

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    October 16, 2017
  6. I feel the same, though I will say Kindles save me a LOT of room when I go on a trip. However, it’s just not the same.
    I love the smell, feel and texture of books, and to read one is divine!

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    October 17, 2017
  7. Wow tat was beautiful. Kindle is taking away that space but still there are some book lovers and hope its journey continues

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    October 17, 2017

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