The Great Conundrum: Ebook VS Book

One of the most exhausted debates among casual readers and bookworms alike is the Book VS EBook conundrum. Of course, nothing beats the experience of reading an actual book–the smell, the flipping of every page, watching the spine acquire creases of love, marking the page where you left off with your favorite bookmark, the list goes on. I love books and I love to read, but I am not a purist. I embrace technology and I love Ebooks as well. Does this make me any less of a bookworm? I would like to think not. So, instead of arguing relentlessly why one is better than the other, I’ve decided to list down the reasons why I love both of them.

WHY I LOVE PRINTED BOOKS

  • There is something about going to your favorite bookstore to browse and pick out the book you want personally. It feels intimate. I feel a different kind of silent rush whenever I walk across the shelves of a bookstore, scanning every spine and every title to see what I’m looking for. And when you see it, ah, the glee. And when you don’t, the sadness. Sometimes you chance upon a title that captures your interest and you end up finding a gem unintentionally. It’s like a process of hide and seek and courtship that only people like us would understand.
  • Seeing my beloved books on my shelf brings me a strange happiness. It’s a pleasure to see my collection grow before me. Call me weird but I even get separation anxiety sometimes. Whenever I lend a book, seeing its empty place on my bookshelf gives me a sense of longing–and the simple satisfaction I feel when it’s returned to its home… oh please tell me I’m not the only one like this?
  • The pleasure of reading it is different. I don’t know if I can even explain it. It feels more when you read a book. As I’ve mentioned before, the smell, the physical feeling of turning the pages, of watching the paper brown as time goes by, seeing how far you are along the story by judging the thickness of the pages left… Can I ever really explain it? It’s like trying to describe why it feels so nice to read when it’s raining. It just is.

WHY I LOVE EBOOKS

  • Convenience would be the most obvious and important reason. My iPad contains more books than my bookshelf, ready to be opened and read whenever and wherever I wish. I think it’s brilliant how I can carry so much stories in one gadget. Ebooks make reading so easy whenever you’re on the move, traveling, or whenever you suddenly find yourself in a situation where you’re needed to wait a long time without expecting to. I’m always afraid of bringing a printed book when going abroad because it might get battered beyond recognition. Ebooks are providential that way.
  • With Ebooks, I can highlight quotes and bookmark endlessly. I can never muster the courage to actually use a highlighter on my books, poor babies. But with iBooks I can highlight and mark a quote that captures me as I read, then go back to it later whenever I wish, or to copy it.
  • Darkness can’t stop me from reading. My iPad has its own light so even if it’s dark, or if I share a room with someone who doesn’t want the lights on, or even a blackout, I can read until my battery dies.

See, I believe you don’t have to reject one in order to love the other. Both have their charms. How about you? Which one do you prefer? Or do you love them both like me?

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