To read, or not to read, that is the question…

ebooks vs printed books

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 :

  1. I talk to my books. (Oh no.. I am not mad ! )
  2. I want a huge personal library.
  3. Oh the smell of books !


I talk to my 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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24 Responses to To read, or not to read, that is the question…

  1. Balu says:

    I agree with you..EBooks on computers are not considered for reading. Kindle, iBooks, nook and audio books on tablets and phones are convenient and smarter but it never gives the feel of real books.

    Are you not going to talk about Microsoft, Apple, Friends and HIMYM 🙂 ??

  2. ganeshputtu says:

    i read this post the same day that i read in the newspapers about the historic library of Timbuktto without books thousands of years old being burnt up by islamic militants because its against koran..and i wonder what is the world coming to? and here you are wanting to set up a library and you have warmed my it soon

  3. mahesh says:

    Vandana I have a room full of books and movies 🙂 It is my own personal library 🙂 close to 2000 movies and a similar number of books as well – story books, comics, religious texts and school and college textbooks 🙂

  4. her30s says:

    Printed books all the way!

  5. I love to read, too – I wish I had more time to do it. Probably it is one of those things you just have to make time for!

  6. Summer says:


    This is for you, for being kind to others and me,

    Sweet Valentine greetings, Summer

  7. Uhhhh… are you sure you’re not a little mad?? : )

    Of course not! You are eminently sane, my dear Vandy, and this post proves it! I don’t often write comments in the margins of my– ahem!– printed books, but I’m always marking particular lines or passages, so I can come back and enjoy them again, and perhaps even drive friends and relatives to distraction by passing them along!

    Loved your description of a bookworm’s paradise, and you’re right, there’s nothing quite as delightful as the smell of a real book. Of course when you fell asleep in that one particular book, I’m sure people pointed and said, “I know she’s always got her nose in a book, but that’s ridiculous!! : )

  8. mahesh says:

    Hi Vandana,

    I am curious – are you part of the Chennai Bloggers Club group on Facebook? I was under the impression that you were a part of the group. We had a fascinating book sale and book exchange programme last Sunday.

    If you are on Facebook just request an addition into the group and the admins will check your blog and add you to the group! It is a great place for bloggers 🙂

    Do check it out!


    • vandysnape says:

      IOh I missed it 😦 I will join the group as soon as I can 🙂 Thank you so much for the info Mahesh !

      P.S: Sorry for the late reply 🙂 Been away from WP !

  9. Yatin says:

    E-Books for Environment 🙂
    Imagine a blogging world where we send posts literally by post (mail!!)
    I still prefer some books in paper edition.

  10. dilipnaidu says:

    A personal library is a great idea. All the best 🙂

  11. I got a new book the other day, and when I got home I spent five minutes smelling it. My family and friends thought I was weird………….lol

  12. Ahhhh, tea and a good book… sold. I’m going to get both of those right now! 😀 Great post!

  13. Praveena says:

    I recently finished reading “To kill a mocking bird”.All characters are deep and strong as you said.Ii felt like characters came out alive while reading the book.Moreover I have the habit of imagining what i read.Sorry about the below passage. Errrr

    “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained — if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time”

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