With my colleagues at JLG and SLJ, I'm working on an upcoming presentation on collection development, specifically, how school and public libraries should balance their print and digital collections. While the medium--it's a Power Point webinar--is new to me, my part of the message very much blows the old horn for fine books for boys and girls, that is, I'm to speak about the importance of printed books. (P.S. Thank God. P.P.S. What is this Power Point?)
One thing I want to talk about is how much a particular book, as a physical object, can mean to a reader, perhaps especially to a young reader. You want to own it (or check the same copy out of the library over and over again), you want to stare at the cover, you want to show it off or carefully hide it, depending. Like a lot of kids my age (in my cohort, to use the lingo of the Power Point era), I felt that way about my Tolkien books--what's doing it for the kids these days? I need some good examples--indeed, I need to know if this bibliophilic passion still goes on, or if kids, those who read, are happy enough with the digital download of Dune.