Chris' Corner: The Joy of Books

The Joy of Books

Do you love to read a book?  ... for me, it's the imagination, the escape, the feel of the book, the sense of turning the pages, and so much more.

Kudos to Kobo, Kindle, Playbook and IPad, Audio Books and other technological advances that have made the reading more "convenient", and there is a place for them in this transient and ever short of time world we live in. However, for me, there is nothing like getting comfortable and curling up with a good book.  Almost always, if I have read the book first, the movie tends to be a little bit of a disappointment.

I was tutoring a student in Grade Twelve math last night, and we were talking off-topic about the advances in curriculum over the years when he postulated to me that, perhaps some day in the future, learning would become obsolete and information and knowledge could be programmed into young minds...  I thought about this and told him, that I thought the real value in learning was not really the information imbedded, but creating the desire for knowledge and teaching us how to acquire it... the journey more so than the result.

For me, it is very similar with a good book.  It definitely is the message behind this short stop motion video filmed in TYPE, a Toronto Bookstore in October 2011.  The director and his crew took over the bookstore from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. for 4 days to shoot this imaginative video that seems to be going "viral" on YOUTUBE.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsChris Smith • January 13 2012 08:12AM


Hi Chris,

What an amazing video. I am guessing you did not make it yourself!

My love of books started curled up on my mother's lap being read to. That experience was repeated with our kids, and now our grandkids have the same experience with us as well as their parents.

There is nothing like a real book!


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) almost 9 years ago

Boy, there is no dust on those covers is there Chris! Phil kind of wrapped up the true feeling of reading as did you. Even as owners of readers, we understand the feeling of a 'real' book and the place for them.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Phil, an entire team took 64 hours to take the pictures to create the video.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Al and Peggy, Helen is "reading" a lot more audio books of late, but still prefers a good old fashioned book when she has the time.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

That was quite a creative video. I agree though, I like the feel of a real book, the smell of the fresh pages. I have an ipad and all that, but there is nothing like the feeling of curling up with a good Book, not a piece of technology.

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) almost 9 years ago

Hi Chris...I bet they had fun making this video...Good Catch. Hey let me know if they do come up with a way to program learning into our Brains....ha Just think how we could get Clients to do what we recommend.

Great post

Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Chris, I also think that piquing a child's interest into pursuing further learning opportunities is so important. I love to read and do so daily!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

Chris, I also agree that there's nothing quite like a real book and for all the same reasons you mentioned. I think readers have their place, but a book....ahhhhh!

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) almost 9 years ago

Hello Chris,

The wife is the big book reader here in this house. Me I like the "audio tapes" I like listening to them when traveling to and from inspections.

They seem to "take you away" kinda like the Calgon commercial. LOL

Have a great day in Simcoe.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 9 years ago

Chris, I'm an avid book person, and although I do appreciate what people are saying about the book reading technological advances, I'm afraid they will never replace the feel of a good book to me. I have been in that store, I'm one of those odd fellows who likes going into old book stores.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 9 years ago

Chris, I agree wholeheartedly, there is nothing quite like a good book!  If nothing else, can you imagine taking a nap with a Kindle over your face?  :-) 

Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) almost 9 years ago

These kids do not know what they are missing, the feel, smell, look of a good book is priceless...something historic about it, the energy is great...I feel a blog coming on as well :) haha thanks Chris, I'll be sure to link your post to mine for the inspiration :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 9 years ago

Chris - it is definitely about the journey ..... if all the knowledge you need is pre-programmed into our heads there would be no need for childhood our those formative teenage years. 

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Chris I love reading, when I think back over my childhood, those books helped me develop my sense of imagination.  Wish I had more time to indulge myself as I did back then.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 9 years ago

Only four days....I would have thought that would have taken weeks, if not months!  What a great video....and I agree, it is not the knowledge, the real education is in how to ACQUIRE knowledge.  

Thanks, Chris.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) over 8 years ago