Ever since Mankind came into existence there have been three debatable questions – Apple or Microsoft ?, Friends or How I met your Mother? aaannnnd Ebooks or printed books?. Since the first two questions would eventually end up in a Youtube-comments-type quarrel, I am going to answer the third question. (Oh and also because that is this week’s writing challenge).
Ebooks or printed books ? I’d pick printed ones over Ebooks any day. I have three main reasons for that :
- I talk to my books. (Oh no.. I am not mad ! )
- I want a huge personal library.
- Oh the smell of books !
Yes. When I find something interesting or a funny thing about the character, I write it in the book. That is my way of interacting with the book. I picked up this habit while reading ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. I found the characters and events in the books so fascinating that I wanted to record my reactions then and there. Even if I can do this with Ebooks by using some sort of ‘Notes’ tool, it wouldn’t be the same. It loses the personal touch. I treasure old books which have little notes and actual handwriting by people. I wrote a post about it in my blog too.
Secondly, I do not trust technology. It would only take a matter of seconds for things to get lost in the digital world – be it a battery failure, virus attack or physical damage to the device. Technology changes so fast that many products go obsolete when a new version comes.
I want a huge personal library
A book in one and a hot cup of Tea in the other, amidst a serene place surrounded by books is every direction is every bookworm’s paradise. Ever since I started falling in love with books, this has been my dream. I want to have a personal library where I own every single book and where every books brings to me a pleasant memory.
The smell of books….
Ahhh… The wonderful smell of old books. I got this really old book from the library. The smell was so distracting that for every few minutes I buried my head in the book and took in the smell. (funny that I fell asleep doing that ).
I am not against Ebooks. They are convenient. They are portable and make things a lot more easier. But they definitely are not my type. That doesn’t mean I won’t use Ebooks when I have absolutely no option. When I do have the option, I will always pick up an actual paper book. May be I am old fashioned but I pledge to read the printed word.
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