Joe Queenan on Books

Joe Queenan on Real Books

One for the BooksAs Joe Queenan noted in a recent Wall Street Journal essay (adapted from his book, One for the Books), My philosophy is simple: Certain things are perfect the way they are. The sky, the Pacific Ocean, procreation and the Goldberg Variations all fit this bill, and so do books. Books are sublimely visceral, emotionally evocative objects that constitute a perfect delivery system.

Ebook readers are useless for people engaged in an intense, lifelong love affair with books. Books that we can touch; books that we can smell; books that we can depend on. Books that make us believe, for however short a time, that we shall all live happily ever after.

Do you agree with Joe? Are you a fan of printed books, or a fan of ebooks, or a fan of both?

Here’s a link to his book on Amazon: One for the Books by Joe Queenan

About John Kremer

John Kremer is author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books, the Relationships Matter Marketing program, and many other books and reports on book marketing, Internet marketing, social media, and book publicity. -- .

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  1. Joe Queenan is right!

  2. I have always been a voracious reader. When we downsized and became full-time RVers, I was relegated to one drawer of books (never enough!!!), so a Kindle solved that problem. It was definitely an adjustment, the advantages far outweigh the negative aspects. For the most part, any time I want to find a new book to read, it is at my fingertips in a minute. I can also read in bed to the wee hours using my iPhone and not disturb my husband. I made the adjustment and the satisfaction is just as visceral! But I still enjoy reading a “real” book every now and then!

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