This is the fifth and final installment of the Possibilities with Paper series. And do I have a doozy for you. I have a book deal! And by book deal, I mean, I’ve made a deal with myself that I’m going to make a book. Using the (best) material of this blog. The thing I dislike most about blogging is that it is experienced on a screen, rather than in print.
There is a push toward a paperless life. No matter how many hipsters dance with them in commercials and no matter how upbeat the music is while the colorful gadgets spin round and round, ipads and kindles and nooks and tablets can never replace a book. Which is more charming: a broken kindle or a well-worn book?
And you can call it “paperwhite” but it’s not paper, it’s artificial light. It’s a screen, not pages. You can’t dog-ear a flat screen or thumb back to a previous section. If there is a zombie apocalypse, computers and everything else requiring a power source will quickly be obsolete. While books, in their perfectly simple design, will endure. I mean, obviously they can be ruined by mold or fire or water, but you know what I mean. Words on paper. Genius!
You hear that “things” on the internet are “out there” “forever”. I don’t buy it. I trust books more.
The same thing goes for images. No matter how organized your photo files are, no matter how “safely” backed up, so long as they are jpgs there’s nothing tactile or tangible about them. Images on a screen and images in print are two different things.
I asked the Spy to type up his opinion on the matter. I kept the spelling errors as I think it adds to the effect hahah:
Books are way better then i pads and i pods and any other stuipid piese of technolegy because they suck and books are awesom.evrebody says that tecnolegy is better but really ther horibel. books are awesom because they are really better then tecnolegy and they aren’t made of glass or metel.you can do a lot more with things that aren’t tecnolegy because books are way older and every thing that’s old is better. litterly every thing that is old is better like cars* and books and every thing els that’s old. Books are easy to read because they are made of paper.you also half to buy books on your phone or whatever you have but if you have real books peopel can give them to you**. so if you have a tecnolegy thing get ride of it because thecnolegy sucks.
*I’m certain that by “cars” he means “1971 Dodge Chargers”
**I am those “peopel” and just gave him a pile of books and for the record I did buy them. But to his credit, there is the library.
I may not take such a staunch stance in opposition of technology. Except for video games, which I do think are quite useless, and I’m proud to say we don’t own any. I think technology is useful for many things. I just don’t think it can replace books. Or any of the other pursuits in paper featured in this series.
So how exactly do I plan to turn this blog into a book? WordPress is coming out with a new feature that will just dump all your writing and images into a book format and you can just edit the text and layout. Then pay by the page to get it printed and bound up and shipped to you. YOU WISH! Not exactly, but ALMOST (there will be some furious copy and pasting) in My Publisher.
The past couple years in lieu of printing up family photos and putting them in albums, I made photo books. I’ve used both Shutterfly and My Publisher.
Isn’t it a lovely view of the fireplace from my desk?
I have included some writing before:
But for this book I am basically going to make the layout just like Spy Garden website. Plain gallery white background. Text, with images. I’ll probably edit out all of the references to “blogging” so it will be just a book, standing on its own, with all the glorious 2013 content from this site. I’m sure I’ll blog about the process of making it. ;)