B is for bookstores and books. It's sad to see all of my favorite brick and mortar bookstore branches have closed. There are still some that are open, but for how long? With the recent boom of ebooks and ereaders, real actual books are now too expensive and too heavy to carry.
I miss the days when I step inside a real bookstore and get that happy-feeling of being surrounded by actual books. I love the smell of new books. Well, I do love the smell of the old ones, too. That's why I'm also a fan of the library. Reading an actual book page just doesn't compare to the screen of my phone or tablet.
The thrill of touching each page and turning it excitedly, as the plot unfolds from one page to another, is exquisite. My eyes aren't strained by the matte pages compared to screens. Plus, a lot of indie and self-published books aren't edited like actual books. There are too many grammar errors on ebooks, and they're also too wordy. I still like the traditional route of publication.
Eventually, the green projects would succeed one day in the future. Actual books will be gone, and what we have are all digital copies of classics. I hope this won't be the sign of accepting the grammar-error era. Yikes.
B is also for Betamax. This was the very first form of movie-viewer I'd experienced. Funny, the projector came second for me. I digress. Betamax came before the VHS, but for me they looked alike (because I was not too technically geeky). I know, I know, they were different. Betamax was physically smaller than the VHS. It was inconvenient to watch a movie with a rewinder. I had to wait for the full rewind to finish. During my unlucky moments in the past, the separate rewinder machine had eaten up the whole betamax tape. No more movie!
I'm not sorry that Betamax was discontinued. An update was needed to improve movie-viewing. It's not the same feeling towards bookstores, though. Don't you think so?