While I’ve been up here in Maine, I’ve been able to reacquaint myself with an old pleasure – reading printed books. There is both a technical reason for this (an increasing amount of research that shows that electronic readers are bad for sleep) as well as an aesthetic one. But it’s also led me to read three books that I can’t see being replicated as e-books any time soon:
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Children’s books remain a perennial favorite at Open Books’ used book store and for good reason. Beautiful pictures, big formats and, of course, the fact that a mashed peanut butter and jelly sandwich does not mean their doom or a $600 replacement bill. While custom apps can provide some of the images that e-reader apps can’t, the need to build custom apps immediately lets out people who are just great writers and illustrators and don’t have the time, money or skills to build their own apps.
Seacoast Maine: People and Places
With photos by George Tice and text by my friend and former neighbor Martin Dibner, this is an evocative ramble along the titular Maine coast (no spoilers there.) I particularly like this cover image since Amazon couldn’t even get a photo of the cover, let alone what lies inside.
Perhaps most interesting of all is S. This novel is based on the concept of a relationship between two people developing via an exchange in the margin notes of a book. There’s another underlying mystery that gets explored through wonderful inclusions like postcards, vintage feeling newspaper articles, etc. While I’m not done with the book yet and can’t yet say what I think of the story, the production is stunning and well worth a look through.