Some thinking about what books are. I forgot I never finished this post from ages ago, so today I finished it.
When we say ‘value’ it’s often the case that we mean monetary value. But the value of a book, or an education, or knowledge and experience of any kind, is hopelessly missed if it’s considered only in financial terms.
The value of a book can only be determined by an individual who has experienced a book’s contents.
A book isn’t a wad of paper, it’s an experience-in-waiting.
The experience itself relies on the reader’s generosity in allowing the book to use their imagination to bring it to life. Without a reader, it’s just paper and ink.
We writers can’t play at all without readers. Our longing is that someone will read our work and go on a worthwhile adventure.