Books. You know them. I know them. We all do, but why are they dying? I know you are probably thinking: "Why is this guy talking like books are some dying breed of bird?" But to me, it's exactly like that. I know books aren't really dying, they are going digital slowly but surely, and that's the point.
It starts with the decline of bookstores. I find it nice to go into my local comic shop (yes, they are books and just as credible, so don't judge), Queen City on Main Street, and talk to the people there who I have known for years. It just adds more human contact vs. going online and downloading something.
My problem is the over-convenience of things. For example, there's a car that can auto drive you anywhere. There are Segways in case you don't want to walk six blocks. Sounds like the setup for a robot rebellion. It starts small.
Anyway, books have a magic to them that you can't get digitally. Are you going to read to your little sister or brother a Dr. Seuss book on your iPad before bed? I don't think so. Again, it takes away the human contact.
I know times change and technology, along with traditions, changes, but do we have to erase a tradition altogether to make room for a new one? That's the impression I'm getting these days with the closing of local bookstores all across America and the closing of chain bookstores, like Borders.
I don't think people realize the negative effect that this digital revolution has on local bookstore owners who have had these stores for 10-20 years and put their lives in it to make a living and do something they love at the same time. They talk to people and grow as part of their communities.
This digital revolution needs to find a middle ground that would allow bookstores and regular books to stay around and allow the digital book market to expand. It should be a 50-50 split.
Next time you head to the bookstore on a Segway or pull up in a completely automated car, remember to talk to the people in the store and buy a book. They would really appreciate it.
Max Fisher is a junior at Leonardo DaVinci High School.