i heart paperbacks
i learned to read when i was between four and five years of age, thanks to my mother who thought i had too much time on my hands and decided to do something about it. it was an accomplishment that i’m very proud of albeit not rare among my peers. i love to read. it has fed my imagination. it has allowed me the freedom to see beyond limitations. it has opened the door to possibilities.
i’d love to have the paperback and ebook versions of my favorite books. however, if i were given a choice of only one, i’d go for the paperback versions. i understand this line of thinking runs smack into the face of the electronic age that we are currently in. but take it or leave it, that’s just the way i am.
paperbacks are becoming passé as less and less people are buying them causing bookstores like the iconic borders to close shop. in my favorite mall alone, there used to be two bookstores. now, there’s none. i miss them places where i could spend hours and learn and be amused by the world’s best minds.
ebooks are definitely now and the future. those who try to buck the trend can be compared to the luddites of 19th-century england who raged against the machines of the industrial revolution. they will either have to march with the times or be left behind in the dust.
for sure, the transformation to the digital media has some benefits. one of them is saving trees which makes the environmentalists happy. another is reclaiming space in the home and office that used to be reserved for books and manuals.
i don’t know, but you can consider me a modern luddite. there’s something about the feel of paper and the smell of ink that enhances the reading pleasure to me. reading an ebook is like making love to a robot. besides, a paperback is something you can take to a deserted island without fear of running out battery.