I was not born into a “bookish” family, books were an expensive luxury we could ill afford. So libraries played an important part in my childhood during the thirties and forties. Once I became absorbed in a book it had to be prised from my hands in order to attend to other activities such as washing, eating and sleeping. As I grew older real life took over but reading has always played a vital part in my life. Now in my eighties I have failing eyesight and find reading print difficult, sometimes impossible. So the digital revolution has enabled me to still inhabit the wonderful world of books, for which I am profoundly grateful.