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'Paperback Writer': A Playlist in Praise of Physical Books

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I love books. I love them hard and I love them soft. But most of all, even in this brave new digital age, I still love them when I can hold them in my hands and actually turn the pages, old school. Call me a caveman, but as much as I love getting my news here, I STILL like physical books more than Ebooks, iPads, Kindles, Fires and even the prospect of getting a little quick Nook-ie. So in honor of the fact that Diary of a Player -- the best-selling book I wrote with the great country musician Brad Paisley -- comes out today as a rather fetching paperback, here's my playlist of some songs that are still classics in my book. As always, please add your own bookish songs below -- or just tell me how YOU prefer to read your books these days. Because as I see it, as a civilization, we still must publish or perish. So in other words, please buy Diary of a Player in paperback today -- or risk our total cultural extinction.

PAPERBACK WRITER -- The Beatles
PRESSED IN A BOOK -- The Shins
THE BOOK I READ -- Talking Heads
TURN THE PAGE -- Bob Seger
OPEN BOOK -- Gnarls Barkley
A BRAND NEW BOOK -- Graham Parker
EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK -- Elvis Costello & The Attractions
READ ALL ABOUT IT -- Da PaperBoy
THE BOOKLOVERS -- The Divine Comedy
WHEN I WRITE THE BOOK -- Rockpile
WHITE BLANK PAGE -- Mumford & Sons
BOOK OF LOVE -- Book of Love
READ IT IN BOOKS -- Echo & The Bunnymen
WRAPPED UP IN BOOKS -- Belle & Sebastian
MY LITTLE RED BOOK -- Love
THIS BOOK IS A MOVIE -- Spoon
PAPERBACK BIBLE -- Screaming Trees
BOOK OF DREAMS -- Bruce Springsteen
PAPERBACK HEAD -- Tegan and Sara
YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER -- Bo Diddley
WELCOME TO THE FUTURE -- Brad Paisley