I love technology.
Since I have my first research paper of the semester due in a few weeks, I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the computer lately. This has given me a renewed appreciation for computers and for the Internet. To think that people used to have to actually *go* to the library. Ha.
In my research on the Internet, I’ve encountered several invaluable book resources with their full-text online. The most exciting discovery yet is a compilation of many of John Donne’s prose and poetry works at The Literature Network. Even better is that all the texts can be searched simultaneously.
In all honesty, I have visited the library on several occasions throughout the course of this paper. And I have found half a dozen wonderful books that pertain to my paper topic but that cannot be found online. Still, I wonder if we’ll ever stop printing books in favor of distributing them through the Internet instead.
That’s a dismal thought to me, and I hope it doesn’t happen. There’s no substitute for having a real, tangible book to carry in one’s purse. Or to take outdoors on warm, summer days. Or to have while on the couch as a storm rages outdoors. I can’t imagine reading a brightly lit computer screen in bed before falling asleep for the night. It just wouldn’t be the same.