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    I am a fan of putting books online. There are parts of the country and of the world that have limited access, at best, to books, and no access to some titles. If the rights of readers and buyers and sellers and authors and publishers and libraries are protected, if publishing online does not pull existing volumes from circulation, if it increases access for all, and decreases access for none, I'm for it, subject to further consideration.

    Nothing, though, can replace the actual experience of real books, with covers and pages, real books that can show wear and dogears and notes.

    There is a feeling of discovery in perusing the shelves in a library, bookstore, thrift shop, flea market, garage sale, or friend's home and either finding some volume that is a forgotten old friend or one that shows promise of becoming a new one.

    There is something extremely satisfying about being the first to open a new book, or opening an old book that one knows others have enjoyed for decades, or more, something comforting in turning pages, feeling the mix of emotions in that part read and that, dwindling, part left to read.

    I remember how it felt to sit beside my daughter's bed and read to her ("If you give a mouse a cookie... "), to turn the pages and to have neither of us want the story to end. She has a home of her own now, a career, a life, and is growing a library with her husband, a library that is home to some of those books that she and I shared.

    If you give a child a bedtime story, she'll probably want a book, and if you give her a book, she'll probably want a shelf full of books, and if you give her a shelf full of books, she'll probably want...

    the World

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    1. maria182 [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      Livros um bem precioso.

    2. Patrick Feller 71 months ago | reply

      Precious indeed, Maria

    3. Sian Bowi 71 months ago | reply

      I love books and I love your shot!
      This photo was loved in I Love Black and White!

    4. Patrick Feller 71 months ago | reply

      Thank you, Sian. After visiting your Photostream, I feel especially honored.

    5. [deleted] 71 months ago | reply

      Very nice! I love these types of shots you do. There is an action involved and its a bonus that you have such a nice collection of books with character there. Keep it up!

    6. Patrick Feller 71 months ago | reply

      That means a lot, sull3n. Thanks, friend.

    7. smilla4 71 months ago | reply

      Your beautiful image and text strike a personal note. We lived overseas for ten years without a lot of things most people consider necessary. We always filled our suitcases with children's books to take back after our Summers in Maine. I remember staggering under the weight of them!

    8. Patrick Feller 71 months ago | reply

      "staggering under the weight of" books

      I like that.

      After all the books and authors that have been burned, and others burned and hanged for ideas, it's always reassuring to know that there are still those willing to suffer for them, even in little ways, even if only between baggage pickup and the cab...

    9. michellemscott36066 64 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful!

    10. fuzzy jr 63 months ago | reply

      very nice image! ... and your comments are right on!

      thank you ...

    11. BodyEarth 61 months ago | reply

      Wonderful photo! I used it in my post. Thank you.

    12. mommadowdy 45 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo. I used it in my post:

      Thank you!

    13. Patrick Feller 45 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the great use of the photo!

    14. Traveljenn 40 months ago | reply

      I used your photo for a post about Creative Commons.

    15. Patrick Feller 40 months ago | reply

      A great use of the photo and of Creative Commons. Thanks for the attribution

    16. erinriker 25 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful photo & piece of writing! Thanks for sharing this, Patrick. I'm using it on my blog.

    17. Patrick Feller 25 months ago | reply

      Thank you. I like the blog.

    18. DJ Cockburn 4 months ago | reply

      Many thanks for posting this under creative commons. I've used it on my blog at, attributing you and linking to this page.

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