"There's nothing quite like a real book."
For me, this begs the question: what counts as a real book?
Is it only the beloved paper tomes we were raised with? How about the audiobook that includes all the words but with some interpretation provided by the narrator(s)? What about ebooks or even the new enhanced ebooks?
Is one format more real than another?
On an aside, someone once told one my children who is not a fast reader (and yet is an avid reader via audiobooks) that listening to a book doesn't count as having read the book.
Really? Try explaining that to someone who's visually impaired.
My day job includes working with municipal records, and all the time I deal with my state's sunshine laws (what we call GRAMA for government records access and management act). In fact, I'm my city's records officer. As such, I receive requests from residents and attorneys all the time wanting information/records that the city collects.
One thing that's a bit of an issue now is text messaging. Frequently, when people are angry at a decision the city council has made, they want to know what the city councilmembers are talking about relating to it. As I worked with our archivist at the state, he reminded me that the format is not relevant.
It's the content that determines if something meets the state's definition of a "record".
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It will still be my story, my words, my hard work and sweat (figuratively) that went into its creation.
What about you? What does it take for a book to be real to you?