Go Ask Alice
I wonder what this year will bring for book lovers? With more and more consumers turning to e-books, will independent book shops lose even more of their customer base? Even I have begun to unload some of the many titles packed in storage, books I know I will never read again. A recent story about an infestation of bed bugs at the Ottawa Public Library did not endear me to the idea of dusting off my library card. Apparently library employees found dead bugs, eggs and droppings inside books and on the furniture. EEK! So far I have resisted the urge to buy an e-book reader.
Technology has also hugely impacted how we listen to and buy music. But at the same time we are seeing CD sales plummet, we are witnessing the curious comeback of vinyl. What’s that all about? Like books, albums are heavy, awkward and they consume a lot of space. That said, I’ve talked to a number of people who are dusting off their turntables and rediscovering their record collections. It’s exciting in a retro kind of way. Even I have been lurking around record stores, purchasing used and brand-new vinyl. This, at a time when I purchase most of my music online. To quote the heroine from Alice in Wonderland, It’s getting “curiouser and curiouser!”