MODERN VS. OLD FASHION
I was having a discussion with my youngest son Jason and my wife Becky about the move towards digital books. I mentioned hardbound and paperback books as we know them are beginning to decrease. I even suggested that over time they may become a thing of the past (though I wasn’t willing to predict when). I told them they needed to convert to eBooks because this is the wave of the future.
Amazon states eBook sales are up 70% over last year, and with the advent of the Apple’s iPad, the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Nobles Nook and the list never ends, digital book sales are skyrocketing.
After I touted all the statistics and market shifts, my wife said, “I know all the hype about eBook sales, but there is nothing more relaxing and more cozy than sitting in front of the fire enjoying a hot chocolate with my legs curled up, thumbing through the pages of my paper book. An electronic book simply doesn’t offer the same emotion that my paper book does.”
I had nothing I could say to her comment except, “ I can tell that’s important to you, but to me, it doesn’t matter.”
Interestingly, some 12 months later my wife reads all of her books on her iPad. She confesses finding the convenience worth letting go of the emotions of sifting through the paper of her “old fashioned” books.
SO WHY AM I WRITING THIS?
So why am I writing about modern technology versus the old school approach to reading a book?
I just got back from traveling to South Africa to teach and equip the church in South Africa. This is what I do and I love to do it. As a teacher you need a bible, but this particular trip I left my bible on my desk in my office. As I was boarding the plane, in my mind’s eye I could see it sitting there on my desk.
When I arrived in South Africa and began to teach, I was without my old friend. You see, my old friend (my old fashioned paper bible) has tattered pages, it has parts of pages ripped out and hundreds of underlined verses. As a new believer I can remember making notes in the front cover of my bible to ask Pastor Phil about such topics as “What are tongues?”, “What is the fruit of the Spirit?”, and of course, “What about the rapture?”
And, of course there are the inevitable highlighter markings in my bible and the small notes scattered within the pages, reminding me of previous thoughts and studies. I have had only one bible since being saved in 1979, my wife had it recovered for me some 20 years ago. That delighted my soul.
As I used my iPhone Bible App while in South Africa, I was struck with how much emotion I had attached to my “old fashioned” bible. Yes, I love the ease of use from my Bible App, but there was something missing.
I am an avid lover of technology and I must confess, I love the simplicity of Bible Apps and I will continue to use my iPhone App for the Bible , but there is nothing quite like my old friend, my old fashioned paper bible.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
I know where things are going technology-wise, but can you relate or are you now fully committed to Bible Apps? Share some of your thoughts; there are no wrong thoughts.