There are 2 types of readers in this world: those who read books on kindles and those who will always prefer the classic ones, meaning paper books.
It was a time when I was trapped right between these 2 categories. I got a kindle as a gift, started reading e-books but still couldn’t give up the classic ones.
Many years ago, Amazon released Kindle, a digital product for e-books, which came along with the age of distraction. But as much as I have enjoyed the convenience of ebooks, I couldn’t get the same satisfaction as reading an old, paper book.
Why is the e-book industry falling apart?
The latest figures and data have shown a dramatic reversal and the sales of ebooks have fallen off. Digital books couldn’t deliver the same sort of sensorial satisfaction as physical books.
Here are the reasons why I am little by little giving up Kindle.
- Print books smell like book heaven: besides the crisp of the pages and their smooth touch, books have that smell of unknown stories and charmed characters. The memories and associations that are triggered by the smell of books remind me of childhood and the old school library. This smell cannot be equalized with anything.
- Physical books can be a life long gift. For me, some of the most meaningful gifts are books. Especially those coffee-table-hardcover books. They are the most beautiful and lasting surprises. More than that, you can personalize them with a first-page message.
- Prints books last longer and can be collected. Visible and tangible, print books can survive decades, while ebooks are just stored on a hard disk. You cannot feel and cannot see the last ones, while in the case of classic books, you can collect and shape your own home library. Prove me wrong.
- Paper books hold signs of those ones who read them: circled names and phrases, their names scrawled in the opening page, the pages folded or the crumpled paper. They are the testimony of different generations. On a less creative and romantic note, kindle screens are impersonal, cold and don’t offer you the same relaxing retreat.
Physical books are forever
All in all, physical books are forever and suited to true book lovers.
I guess I will always appreciate paper books, not just for words, but for how those words are presented in the whole package.
Books will never die, while Kindles are running out of charge these days.