You may prefer e-readers for the ease of carrying thousands of free titles. I delight dropping into the library to peruse the new titles. I may be attracted to a catchy title, drawn to the author or enchanted by the cover design. Who else has enjoyed this book? Who slipped it into her/his book bag, stayed up late to discover the villain or cried over the lost love?
I don't feel connected to other readers of e-readers.
My reading partner of 14 years insists on adding his two cents worth. He's saying that it's time for me to give him some attention.
Books stir memories of reading with a flashlight under the covers, sitting on Mom's lap or in a tree with a favorite book.
Periodically I buy used books for reference from thrift stores or library sales. So many gently "loved-up" tomes are being abandoned that I've become interested in creative uses for discarded books.
This travel journal was created by covering a three ring binder with a collage of fabric and then embellishing it with beadwork. The Internet has many sites for repurposing books into birdhouses, tote bags, planters, shelves, lamp bases and much more.
Challenge: Interview the owners of a mom-and-pop book store or a resale book shop. What are you predictions for large chain book stores with e-readers be coming so popular?
Crafters, use an old book or parts of a book in your craft or text as a theme.
Websites: craftingsquidoo.com 1800recycling.com recycleabook.com
Beaders commented that workspace and storage were a problem and that a magnifying system and good lighting were essential. They also related on the fun of taking apart old junk jewelry to remake into contemporary pieces.