The Future of the Written Word

by Abi Riley, Age 12, England


Ebooks, Kindles and Ipads, they’re easier to take on holiday than a book and they light up in the dark. But, you don’t get that smell of a new book or the feel of the pages. You can’t have a dogeared ebook passed down from your great, great uncle.

Books are what make writing worth it. They make you cry, they make you laugh and they make you want to jump for joy. But, most importantly, books are a physical object, like a certificate that shows a writer how well she has done. A book makes waiting all that time, writing for hours and sieving through rejections, worth it.

I am a traditionalist and my shelves are groaning with books. I like blogs and reading on the computer but I cannot imagine sitting on the beach without a book, a book with pages that flap in the wind and get filled with sand.

I write for books, the physical not the digital. These inspiring gadgets of wild imagination are okay. As a child I dreamed that maybe in the future there would be touch screens. It’s magic, but not for me. I suppose it’s a matter of opinion.

I think it would be the greatest pleasure for a writer to walk past a book shop and say to a friend, “I wrote that.”


Abi Riley is a 12 year old writer from England. Abi says, “I try to write every day to keep in practice, and when I am older I would like a job related to writing.  I haven’t had anything published yet, but I feel this year is a year to go for it.”


3 comments on “The Future of the Written Word

  1. Julia Graham

    Same here

    • Abi Riley


  2. I’d like to be able to say that to my friends too one day!

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