Monday, October 21, 2013

Neil Gaiman and Libraries, Sittin' in a Tree...

It's no secret that Neil Gaiman loves libraries. Perhaps that's a large part of why he's my favorite author. There's a recent article from The Guardian where he goes into great detail about this fact (that he likes libraries, not that he's my favorite author) and I think anyone who has ever questioned the reasoning behind having a library or librarians should have to read the entire thing, beginning to end. You can find it here.

This is my favorite paragraph from the whole thing:

"I do not believe that all books will or should migrate onto screens: as Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, more than 20 years before the Kindle turned up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in the ocean before the dinosaurs. And the reason there are still sharks around is that sharks are better at being sharks than anything else is. Physical books are tough, hard to destroy, bath-resistant, solar-operated, feel good in your hand: they are good at being books, and there will always be a place for them. They belong in libraries, just as libraries have already become places you can go to get access to ebooks, and audiobooks and DVDs and web content."

But there's a lot of other really great points and opinions and jokes of a British nature to enjoy in there, too. If you think it's tl;dr, all the more reason for you, specifically, to read it. You'll see what I mean if you actually do.

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