If you open a new book, what is the first thing you notice? It’s that intoxicating smell of newness, right? The smell of a new book, a new magazine or even a new notebook, it is something I cannot resist.
Now you may know I have a magazine addiction and I cannot pass a bookshop without walking into it and I hardly ever walk out empty handed. If I do it is usually because Tom is standing next to me and looking over my shoulder with his ‘Do you really need that??’ look on his face.
So for me paper is essential. I have a big soft spot for notebooks. I own a LOT of notebooks and I will continue to buy more as for me scribbling on paper is what makes me remember things. I might have caught that bug from my dad who always had little notebooks lying around where he meticulously kept notes of which machine was bought on what day. Hilarious sometimes and very useful at other times. I’m way, way worse than he is when it comes to keeping lists. But I have to have an excuse for buying more notebooks, right? I have one for every journey taken, every sport I ever started and every other thought that crossed my mind. I need a notebook for writing down todo lists, passwords, essential websites and o so much more.
And then there are the books and magazines…. Sure I am a modern girl, so I have lots of stuff on my iPad. In fact I am writing this on my iPad. I have magazines on my iPad and countless books which is incredibly useful when you’re traveling and want to travel light.
But when I am at home I need paper. There is nothing that can beat the feeling of leaving through a magazine. No ‘swiping’ can beat the fresh crunch of paper and the surprise of finding what’s on the next page. Same for books. Ebooks while traveling, paper for everything else.
I know magazines are struggling to keep their head above the water here in the Netherlands and I suspect it is not much different in other countries. But I honestly believe there is a place for both digital and print. I might be weird but even if I have a book in ebook form, I will still get the physical book. Just because I want it on my bookshelf.
And the idea that one day it might all be gone is filling me with dread. So I decided to give you some of my favorite magazines over the next couple of weeks. Just to make sure you keep buying them and they stay in print form!
Wouldn’t the world be an emptier place without books and magazines to hold and to cherish?