One of the perks of being a guest is being exposed to new books on your host’s bookshelves. With clean hands, obviously. Respectfully, without bending spines or turning down corners.
In the house I’m staying in before flying to Spain (for work!) I found this book, which has told me three new things in the first three chapters, including that our 60-second minute and 60-minute hour is thanks to the ancient civilisation of Babylon. Yes, the one that ISIS are destroying. And we know this thanks to cuneiform clay tablets. Yes, the ones that US troops stood by and allowed looters to destroy.
But that wasn’t my point.
My friend is a big fan of reading on a Kindle. But if all books will go onto Kindles instead of shelves, how will I pick them up in an idle moment and learn new things?