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

06/05/2012 09:46 am ET | Updated Aug 05, 2012

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

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