I love Hay on Wye. The Literary Festival is something to be proud of and has grown into a phenomenal success over the years hosting an extraordinary diversity of writers and guest speakers. The town itself has an atmosphere all its own with a castle, its own 'Kingdom' and of course is often referred to as 'The town of Books' with over thirty book shops. Many of the book shops are specialist shops selling second hand and collectable books. As a writer who has published six books, ranging from children's to adults, on Amazon I was more than a little dismayed at the 'Kindles are banned from the Kingdom of Hay' sign.
My books are of course read on Kindles and other reading devices and while some people may argue that this modern technology will be the death of traditional books I don't think so. Hay on Wye and elsewhere will always do a good trade in second hand and new books. I think people will always love the look and feel of a traditional book but there is room for new technology - Kindles, Kobos or whatever form of reading device books can be read in too. I think it is more than probable that this new technology has actually increased people’s desire to read in recent years.
North Koreas and other countries limit their citizens use of the internet but are there I wonder any other places where Kindles and such are banned?
As it happened I didn't have my Kindle with me on my visit to Hay but
perhaps in future I will have to hide it under a book. Perhaps there is a
business in Kindle covers that look like traditional dust jackets!
Do you have a view on this? I would love your comments.