The recent trend towards eBooks in the world of literature is a fast-growing phenomenon that is spreading across the global landscape the way butter melts on hot toast. And readers are loving it. They can carry a whole library of books with them, whether it’s in a kindle, kobo or ipad.
That’s technology for you.
Call me old-fashioned if you must, but I still savour the touch and feel of an actual book – made of pages – constructed from paper, and full of a unique magic.
To wander round a branch of Waterstones (UK) and see the array of books available to buy is like entering a palace of prose. But, ultimately, as far as Waterstones is concerned, books are business, and their shops are dominated by celebrity biographies and cookery books. Although, it must be said, they stock a wide range of titles, and their staff are knowledgeable.
Smaller, independent shops such as the Bookcase in Lowdham (Nottingham, UK) specialise in local books, and have a wonderful, cosy atmosphere, and it’s there that customers can purchase Sliding on the Snow Stone, my debut historical memoir: