The idiom ‘swim against the current to be successful in life’ acts in the reverse in this age of technology where you either swim with the current by embracing an e-book reader or face the same fate as the hard copy books in the library – dusty and forsaken. I developed the habit of reading and collecting books, of various sizes, shapes and designs, as a nursery student – my first book was “Thumbelina” story book with pictures that move. As I grew older the habit of book reading became part of my life; thus I refused to leave this old world of books, even if offered a billion dollars in exchange.
I cannot assume a Bookless (hard copy) world as the ingrained habit of reading books bestows unexplained pleasure tastier than eating a hot cake right out of the oven or a chilled chocolate ice cream. When I held the books in my hands a train of emotions followed with it – the smell of the fresh pages or the dust of the library; the crackling sound while flipping the pages; the little stains of tea or coffee left by the previous readers which gave the feeling that I read the book while being surrounded by an imaginary group of bookworms. Besides, there is nothing as exciting and pleasurable akin to reading books under the shade of a tree with the cool breeze ruffling the pages of the books.
Switching from hard copy books to e book reader was a new milestone in my life– I discarded the habit I loved and felt proud of; a habit of reading books that became my friend, confidants, influence, intellectual powerhouse……….my all weather friends –my hard copy book. Now I own an e-book reader, not a library of books proudly displayed on bookshelves in every room of my house. Anyways e-books score over hard copy books in a number of ways as elucidated below:
- I instantly download the books instead of the time-consuming practice of searching the rows of shelves in the library
- I need no book marker as I can utilize the book marker feature in the e-book reader.
- The night-reading mode makes reading comfortably in the night
- I can easily carry the e-book reader in a handbag.
- The e-book reader apps can be downloaded on mobiles, tablets and smartphones making the handbag lighter.