Here's an idea to warm the hearts of paper-and-ink lovers everywhere, even as Barnes & Noble goes on the auction block
: children may be keeping old-fashioned books alive.
In a blog post for British newspaper The Independent, Alan Cleaver
writes that both he and publishing company owner Toni Carver have
noticed the same thing: "if you want a really colourful, exciting and
magical book, look on the children’s shelves of your local bookshop.
'For children too young to be techy' writes Toni 'the print medium
remains perfect'." More than books of
any other genre, children's books exemplify the beauty and value of the printed medium. "Novels and reference books for adults are dull
as ditchwater," admits Cleaver, "but any kids' book has pop-ups, secret
compartments and colour pictures on every page." Just as book-lovers
, such innovations show how the medium of "the book itself can be as exciting as the contents inside."
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