Thursday, January 24, 2008

Books vs. Software vs. Internet

I love technology, video games, IPods, synthesizers, and gadgets. Yet, I love books. I like the feel of a book in my hand. Turning a page is more preferable to hitting the "Next" button. There has been some discussion recently of this idea. Expository Thoughts delved into this matter when a question was raised concerning the sale of software from one user to another. Rolland defends the use of a library over software.

The only reason why I would want software is for my Greek class to parse verbs and diagram sentences. Otherwise, I doubt I would use it much. I will have the opportunity to purchase Logos at the seminary at 50% off. That is still about $400. All I know is that when the lights go out, I can still light a candle, open a book and use pencil and paper to write out a sermon.

What are your thoughts? Are you a software guy, through and through, or a P&P guy? (Pencil and paper)


Randy McRoberts said...

Everything in its place.

I love Logos because I can have eleventy-seven books open at once, and each to the right page. I can click on the Greek word and get the entry in BADG and in Louw-Nida, plus the morphology in the taskbar. I can search by syntax as easily as by word or morphology. There are so many things I can do with Logos that I can't with paper books that I wouldn't even try to list them all.

But when it's time to settle into my leather chair, I want a book to hold in my hands.

And when I write in my journal, I want my nice fountain pen with blue-black ink.

To every thing there is a season.

Paul Lamey said...

How often do the lights go out? I use both.

Mark said...

We have had 3 power outages this winter. It has been the coldest winter in a long time. Thankfully the power has only been off for about an hour at a time.