No books allowed. Is that our future. The past few years has brought many changes to the world we live in, and not all are for the better.
We witnessed the electronic library on Amazon’s Kindle (and I do love it) and then Barnes and Noble brought out the Nook. With the change in technology we are now seeing the closing of our favorite book stores. Borders was my favorite, we went a few times a month. The first year they had the Borders rewards card, I earned over $75 in free books. I was a happy customer. Sadly, they have closed. My daughter lost her job of over 5 years, our friend Bill West of West in New England lost his as well. I will not even talk about the economy and how hard it is to find a job now.
Magazines, I cannot even tell you how many magazines I ordered that stopped production. My favorite was Everton’s Genealogical Helper. I could not wait for that to arrive in my mail box. I devoured every word in it. I refuse to get rid of the issues I have.
Libraries are having difficulties remaining open. Many have cut back their hours. As genealogists we do what we can to bring these issues to the attention of our friends and anyone else that can help. We have succeeded in some cases. What worries me the most is the libraries that talk about going all digital. Yes, I agree that it is cool to download a book. I have read many this way and not sure what I would do without the Kindle on my Iphone. But, I still love to pick up a book and turn the pages. Smell the paper. Even better is to pick up a book that is over 100 years old and feel the history that is in your hands. I remember being at the Newberry library holding a book from the 1800’s, there was nothing better!
As most of you have heard by now, Rootstech has decided they will not let certain vendors in (crafts dealers, book vendors and other non-tech dealers). Absurd! As genealogists we read books. We love books. I understand that this is a technology conference. But sometimes even technology needs a reference book. Seriously, there are so many of the For Dummies books out there because not everyone understands it. I have never been to Rootstech, I do not plan on going this year but I would like for my friends who are genealogy writers to be able to sell their product. We have many friends that write books, Megan Smolenyak, Drew Smith, Amy Coffin, Thomas MacEntee, Cyndi Howells and James Tanner, are you telling us that they are not important to the field of technology and genealogy?
From the posts on Facebook, I do not see one person who was happy with this decision. All I can say, is that I hope they reexamine their position on this soon.