Running a bookshop and publishing local history books about East Kent involvse a lot of chatting to people and I suppose what the local in the shop are talking about influences what I write about.
Our best-selling book during the last week has been the new edition of Old Ramsgate Pubs, see http://thanetonline.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/old-ramsgate-pubs-new-edition-moon.html
And yes while most of the talk in the bookshop has been about local history, there has been a lot more about technology, Kindle v book v e-book and so on.
A fair bit of what do I think from people has made me think more about what I do think about the various new technologies and where the conventional paper book sits in life.
There can be no doubt that reading a paper book is a different experience to reading the same thing on some piece of electronic equipment, but the amount of difference depends on some factors. The reader, the book, something else to do with getting a break from technology and the price of new books, secondhand books and books as various digital files.
My own take on all of this is pretty much, don’t stop reading conventional books, but do keep up with all of the technology as best you can within the limits of what you can afford.
Personally and I think because much of my work involves using either a smartphone, tablet or computer, the reading of conventional paper books has become something of leisure high point.
Anyway for the dedicated followers here are the pictures of the books that went out in my bookshop today http://michaelsbookshop.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/dance-dance-dance-in-bookshop.html I would think about half of them are probably available as some sort of electronic file.
Next the old Ramsgate and Margate adverts.
And finally another sketch in Canterbury Cathedral Crypt, I still can’t tell if they are getting better or worse but feel something is happening.