The other day an unusual mood overcame me…I wanted to clean the closet in my office! I plopped down in a chair and sat staring at the assorted office supplies, family games, wrapping paper of every kind, office equipment new and old, a thousand plugs and wires and other wondrous things and…yes, I still had the urge to make order out of chaos and rediscover what was hidden inside.
It was work, but fun, too, to see how things have changed. When we moved to Florida three and a half years ago, I lugged several boxes of manuscripts, carefully labeled in all their hard copy glory. Looking at them today, I see what a huge waste of paper it was. Now all my backups are on the computer and in my red external hard drive sitting by my laptop doing its duty in one small package.
It got me to thinking about the changes in the publishing world today. As wonderful as it was to clear off shelves of manuscript hard copies, I certainly hope it doesn’t mean that hard copies of books will completely disappear. As most of you know from your e-book sales, it’s a reality that more and more people are reading digitally. But the feel, the texture, the smell, the holding of words on paper are so important to me.
Do you feel the same way? Or are you a convert? What do you think? Are we going to be completely digital or will we swing back a little and strike a better balance between paper and screen?