In today's digital world, our work and personal lives run on the current of connectivity. An environment in which communication happens at the speed of light, across wires, networks and devices. Texts, memes and emoticons boil down thoughts and emotions to bytes and bits. And as a result, we don't have time to savor the art of communication as we once did.

In contrast, a book is like a stew, slowly simmering on the stove. All the ingredients are there, in their purest form for the senses to drink in. A compelling author lays their soul bare and beckons the reader to explore their passions, observations and experiences. And in that moment a real conversation ensues and the reader is transformed through the artistry of the writer.

Yes, books have now also been digitized.The letters and images converted to ones and zeros, then compressed and stored as electrons on to a chip of silicon. Yet, the experience of staring at a backlit screen can be underwhelming and its long term side effects still unknown.

And now, as we ride this tidal wave of technology into an unknown future, we find ourselves at a tipping poing between the real and virtual worlds. Before we step blindly into that abyss, we should all be asking ourselves, how much of our individual human experience should be dependent upon and delivered to us through devices and streaming services.

A real or printed book doesn't require batteries. It is not dependent upon a operating system upgrade. It doesn't need to be plugged in or turned on. It doesn't surreptitiously collect and share our interests and habits with huge multi-national corporations. It has weight, texture and scent. The materials have a life-span and age well or poorly, depending on how they're treated. Not too different from ourselves. Books wait patiently on shelves, in boxes or libraries for us to dust them off and immerse ourselves in their wisdom or levity.

Printed books have been coveted, collected and inherited, since their inception. They have always embodied something special about the human experience and we at Enlightened Paths think they still do. That is why we will continue to procure, protect and promote them as long as we're able.