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An Unintended Consequence of E-Readers

August 12, 2011

We all know that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can surely judge people by the covers of their books. Or could, until the Kindle and iPad came along to ruin that peculiar paperback snobbery that the British middle classes take on holiday as surely as they take the Factor 30 and the floppy straw hat.

from How I Miss Poolside Book Snobbery, written by Brian Viner for the Independent.

Call me a sappy optimist… but I miss being able to see other people’s book covers, and grin at them because they’re reading a book I loved too. An opportunity for kinship between strangers, missed.

On the plus side, it makes packing for a trip way easier.

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