Why I still read printed books

Why I still read printed books

In a world where everything is going digital, I am an anomaly. I've had more than one friend telling me that I'll love reading on a Kindle. Or any e-book reader.

I was even passed a bookmark once by someone who told, "You're the only person I know who can still use one."

But I'm not a convert. Not yet.

I still love flipping through a real book. 'Flipping' a digital one doesn't quite feel the same.

And then, there's the smell. Everything electronic smells... well, electronic. If you've been around gadgets most of your life (that makes all of us), you might have become accustomed to that smell. E-book readers smell like that. They smell like my phone, my laptop.

I'm a little bored of that smell.

A printed book doesn't have that smell. I love the olfactory novelty it brings.

But it isn't just that printed books feel and smell more like real books. Printed books are a sanctuary when the world gets digitally noisy.

If you ever so feel like tucking away somewhere, totally off the grid, for a few days, or even a week, bring a few thick books with you. You don't have to worry about the battery going out on you.

The words don't die when the power does. By digital standards, a printed book is pretty much immortal.


Enjoy the pleasures of the world the way you want to. Conformation is unnecessary.

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