I Heart Paperbacks

February 6, 2013 at 11:11 pm 7 comments

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 either 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. Like the Luddites, 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 sexy 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.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paperback Pick « alenaslife  |  February 8, 2013 at 6:37 am

    […] i heart paperbacks (plaridel.wordpress.com) […]

  • 2. AC  |  February 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I prefer paperbacks too.. I have a lot of books back home. But if you’re living in another place but no intentions of staying there for good (plus if your space is limited), then ebooks are more convenient to collect and read.

    And one more thing, book is a better companion in the bathroom than bringing your tablet and worry that it might get wet. Haha

    • 3. plaridel  |  February 19, 2013 at 10:44 am


      one thing about a paperback is that you can pass it around and spread the joy when you’re done. just don’t tell ’em that it’s been in the bathroom with you. 🙂

  • 4. My Word Soup  |  June 22, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Haha…a kindred spirit you are!♥

    • 5. plaridel  |  June 22, 2017 at 9:55 am


      do you really mean that? prove it by joining friday fictioneers. see you soon.

      • 6. My Word Soup  |  June 22, 2017 at 1:38 pm

        I just might!☺

        • 7. plaridel  |  June 22, 2017 at 7:27 pm


          awesome! you won’t be disappointed. they’re some of the best people you’d meet on the internet. 🙂


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