Despite the growing importance of the internet and associated digital media, books remain an important medium for the transfer of information. Even with a long web-page, the information is difficult to digest with the same depth of understanding as with a book, because of the incessant distractions and short-termism of the internet. Here's something I wrote in my first proper book review and the sentiment still rings true:
There's something amazing about books. Seemingly alone, you can conjure up the dead and indulge in the adventures of beings from the other side of the world (or Universe!) You can transcend the daily grind of life, immersed in the battle to survive the Orc onslaught, or captured by beautiful, gripping dystopian visions like 1984 or A Brave New World. Books have inspired me in ways that things like Twitter messages, I-phones or Newsnight never could. That's why this article begins with a book review.(from my review of the Ecotechnic Future)
Bumblebees are not something that grab the attention. Unless you are unlucky enough to be stung by one, they are pretty unimposing creatures. They always just seem to be getting on with their own business buzzing briefly around and then buzzing off again. Perhaps that’s where the phrases “busy as a bee” and “buzz off” come from. I was interested in bumblebees as a child but only during fleeting moments when they flew into view and then enigmatically flew off into the distance again, always impossible to follow.