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An avid advocate of literacy and reading, Ray Bradbury loved book stores as much as he loved libraries. He once told me that he could rarely pass a book store without stopping in and buying something. And that when he came home with a new purchase, his wife Maggie would say, "Did you really need that book?", to which Ray would reply, "Yes, I really needed this book!"

I myself have tried reading e-books, but found that I simply did not enjoy that nearly as much as browsing in a book store, and reading a purchased paper book that I am holding in my hands. I thought today's PEARLS BEFORE SWINE comic strip captured that feeling perfectly:

https://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2021/05/16
 
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As today's BLISS comic demonstrates, everyone can enjoy a good book! Support your local book store!

https://www.gocomics.com/bliss/2021/07/20
 
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Richard is right—there's simply no magic in finding an ebook.

On the other hand, I have vivid memories of the occasions when I found some of my favorite books—what store they were in, even where exactly they were on the shelves.

Make no mistake, I do read ebooks. They are sometimes more convenient because it will take too long to order the physical book, or the physical book is too unwieldy, or where you don't really want the whole book, but just want to read a certain chapter or section.

But nothing beats an actual paper book.
 
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Today is National Book Lovers Day. Celebrate the Day, and Ray Bradbury's passion for books, reading and literacy, by reading a good book...and not just today!

https://nationaldaycalendar.co...lovers-day-august-9/
 
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And for National Book Lovers Day, you may need to instruct some on how to read a book, as today's very funny PRICKLY CITY comic strip demonstrates! Smiler

https://www.gocomics.com/pricklycity/2021/08/09
 
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Below is a link to today's great PRICKLY CITY comic, explaining at least one significant advantage of paper books. Smiler

https://www.gocomics.com/pricklycity/2021/08/10
 
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Shades of Calvin and Hobbes! Thank you for sharing these!

--JC
 
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