Edited by James Charlton and Bill Henderson
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Pushcart Press (April 23, 2011)
From The Publisher:
"This ultimate love letter to the printed book features over 600 quotations from authors, readers, publishers and over 800 owners of independent book stores whose livelihoods have been threatened or transformed by the advent of the E-Reader."
"Bill Henderson states in his passionate introduction “BOOK LOVE is published for those who still love books, who hope like Jonathan Lethem that books are ‘unkillable’ and agree with Jason Epstein that ‘actual books will continue to be the irreplaceable repository of our collective wisdom.’ Henderson points out that “the authors of the quotations that follow say all of this better than we ever could. Books are our history and our future. If they survive, we will too. Books, readers, writer – on this trinity we keep the faith.”
I think that this slim volume of 600 quotes from "people in the know" is very timely given the constant arguments and discussions these days about ebooks vs. paper. Conservation vs. waste. Technology vs. falling behind.
There were so many quotes that I nodded along happily to as I read them. But this is one of my favorites - from Anatole Broyard:
"Books perfume and give weight to a room, which without books suffers from amnesia. A bookcase is as good as a view, as much of a panorama as the sight of a city or a river. There are dawns and sunsets in books - storms, fogs, zephyrs."
From someone who has been caught with her head fully in a new book, sniffing the pages......I can do nothing but agree. :)