“I think e-books are terrific in their own right. I love being able to get on a plane and basically carry around seven books and it weigh 10 ounces. But what about your kids? … One of the bad things that’s going on with e-books now is people used to go into the bookstore and they would think about their kids, and they would maybe buy a book for their kids. Now they go on e-books, and we haven’t figured out how to deal with e-books in terms of our children. … So it’s not happening. With my adult books, in the beginning, the first four or five weeks, it’s about 60 percent e-books. With the kid books, it’s like 5 percent, and the tragedy there is less and less adults are getting books for their kids, wherever they get books.” -James Patterson
When I was young, I only wanted money and gift cards for books. Yes, I loved the library but owning a book was something special. I could dog-ear the pages and underline the best passages. It’s how I began collecting words and phrases and quotes. I have carried my library with me from house to house with pride.
Today, my kids see me reading on my phone or computer or kindle, and they are too young to realize that I am reading a book or an article which is the same as a book off the shelf. They see an electronic device so, without meaning to, I’ve set a precedent that electronics are preferred over books. I, who as child, left the library at my book limit every time and would be back in only a few weeks for more. I, who fell in love with Scott because our second date was at a book store finding paragraphs in our favorite novels and poetry collections to read out loud to each other. I, who sees a good book as dangerous because I may never eat dinner or go to bed until I have finished. My children’s shelves are full of books we’ve read, but there’s nothing like a new story, a new twist, a new laugh, a new character.
I want to impart this love, this desperation, this obsession with books and stories and knowledge to my children, but I couldn’t even remember the last time I took them to a bookstore.
Well, I fixed that this week:
I want to pass it forward, too.
I’m giving away two (2) $25 gift cards to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winners’ choice). I’m not telling either of the two winners to not buy ebooks with these gift cards, or they must have children to enter (because that would be weird). I hope they’ll buy at least one paperback book, and maybe my kids will see them reading in a coffee shop. Or not.
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This giveaway ends July 12th at noon EST. I will use random.org to choose my two winners and email them. They will have 48 hours to respond before I have to choose someone else. Read official rules here.
I’ll also announce the two winners on Late Enough along with a compiled list our favorite book list from the comments so everybody wins!
PS. This post is not sponsored by anyone. I just love reading and my freaders.