Ebooks vs. Paper book.
When I bought an iPad, my main reason was for it to serve as an e-book reader since there are some hard to find books that I want to read and are only available electronically. But even after reading it via iPad, I still scour the malls to get myself a hard copy of the book. Friends who have been in my room have asked me one too many times: “You read so much, you have so many books. Why don’t you buy a Kindle instead? Doesn’t it make more sense to have all of them in one gadget?”
I understand the practicality and convenience, but personally, it just doesn’t appeal to me. Here’s why:
1. Paper books doesn’t cause eye strain. As a near-sighted person, eye strain is pretty common especially since I am in front of the computer every single day. Reading a book gives me that relaxing feeling that I don’t get when I am in front of an electronic device.
2. I like the smell of books. There are few things more gratifying to me than opening a new book and breathing that new-book scent in. Or opening an old book and getting a whiff of that amazing old book smell. It’s magical.
3. It gives me the feeling of accomplishment. Looking at my overstacked bookshelves and marveling to myself that I’ve read them all, at least once, makes me feel proud. Somehow it makes me feel wiser (even though most of them are novels) and that, through reading, I’ve lived these hundreds of lives that I would not have experienced otherwise. For those of us with neither the time nor money to go out and travel and have adventures, books are the closest we’ll ever come.
Why I read (and why you should too).
Just recently, a random tweet caught my eye from a friend, “Nakakatamad magbasa, I will wait for the movie to come out nalang.” (Referring to the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy). Being a bookworm myself, I got a bit weirded out. I guess one thing that never fails to surprise me is when people tell me that they don’t read. In my head I always wonder, “How come?!” I mean, how can you cope with all the difficult things life throws at you if you can’t hide away in a book?
Some will say music or movies, and while that maybe partly true, there are times when a movie or a certain song can just magnify all your feelings and make it even worse. (How many of us have shed a tear over a song played on the radio or a chick-flick movie because you can totally relate to it?)
But never books. When life feels like it’s all getting too much, having a book in hand even for a few hours can really make a difference. It allows me to enter a world that isn’t mine, effectively tuning out the random thoughts in my head. I don’t know about the others, but when I’ve got too much stress going on in my life, books form a welcome oasis where I can completely escape my world and consume someone else’s for as long as I want. Watching movies or television is entertaining, but it’s not the same as books where you can drown yourself in words and make them come to life in your head.
It’s an escape. I can check out of my life for a while and check into someone else’s. I can, through my imagination, be someone else and, if I’m lucky, actually have a clear resolution at the end. I can actually win.
Real life makes no such promises.