E-books Vs Traditional Books
There are people much in favor and also against e-books, that are becoming a great trend during the last few years when tablets were introduced to the worldwide electronics market and became an affordable gadget. I think I am personally a traditional-type of guy though.
I use the internet all the time and read articles and news, while chatting, but I still enjoy reading a paper book from time to time, since it gives me joy and more importantly it makes me relax. I simply do not get the same feeling when reading e-books, which is something of course that is much appreciated by many others.
I really love to read traditional books. I have to work for at least 10 yours daily in front of my pc monitor, and also watch TV for a couple of hours. I simply cannot rest reading books in an e-book reader. Moreover, I belong to the last generation who maybe grew up with paper books. Me and my friends lend each other paper books often. For those who are younger and play with a cell phone most of the time, probably a reading an e-book in their computer, tablet or e-reader can feel more natural than reading a traditional book, since times have changed radically. The arguments on both sides are numerous, as are the interests. I believe that this battle is not purely on business but has also a cultural aspect.
People argue that this is how our life and civilization progresses, through technology, so it’s a bit futile to sit and cry for the future of paper books. The stories published and reading in general has not been lost, but has somehow changed. For example, the way we communicate has changed and so has the way we read.
There are also those who say that we are also going to save numerous trees by a great amount when we stop to publish paper books. I would say that I too care about the environment and trees but there are surely ways around the problem. For example, recycled paper can be used to produce books as well as other materials, and also planting trees specifically for this job can be a great way to preserve the environment. One can find solutions if he really wants to.
I think it will take me some time until I get used completely to e-books. I suspect, until I do I will have acquired presbyopia and will keep my tablet at a distance of half a meter from my eyes to read… I like the traditional book. I like to count the pages with my hand, to write notes on the side, to underline words and phrases, to smell the paper and ink. I think it is purely a matter of taste. Even when I read an e-book and I really like it I search for a printed copy of it to add it to my collection and read it again in the future.
Printed books also bring back memories. At least to me personally. So many times I open a book after a while and see suntan spots, bread crumbs or can even smell by perfume. Once I lent a book to a good friend and the pages still hold her perfume. I was reading the book the other day and left like she was there with me all the time.
Let’s also not forget that some books are really wonderful to look at. This gives them another use, as part of the decoration of the house. Isn’t it also wonderful to have a large bookshelf full of colorful books? Even if you are against printed traditional books you really can’t argue that it’s a great way to decorate a room and can be done both in a more traditional way (old books, wooden furniture) of a more modern one (newer books and contemporary design for the furniture).
I think it will be terrible if at some point in the future there are no paper books available to buy and read, as we know them today. Some other people on the other hand, even people I know very well, just don’t really care about it.