There is something about a printed book that I just cannot give up. Well before I worked in the print industry, I had a deep connection with books and reading. One of my favourite memories as a child, is finding a shady spot under a tree in our front yard with a picnic blanket, my dog and a really good book. The fresh air, the smell of freshly cut grass and a book that I simply could not put down. I would spend hours reading. I find as an adult, that when I pick up a good book, that nostalgia kicks in and you will find me reading in any corner of the house with my nose in a book, deep in concentration and completely in a world of my own.
There is just something about holding a book in your hand and the act of physically turning a page that really cannot be matched with words on a screen. Books have a physical beauty, they are tangible and they engage multiple senses – a book is something you can hold, feel and even smell.
Books have been around for a very long time and people generally have a deeper relationship with books over digital formats like e-books. I personally, have struggled to read e-books and always revert back to good ‘ol paperbacks.
So today, I wanted to give you 8 reasons why reading a real book is better than e-book:
1. Reading books before bed is a great way to help you sleep. Reading from a screen before bed, however tends to have the opposite effect. 2. Reading books help you relax and offer an almost meditative state. Many studies show that overusing technology has detrimental effects on our health and mood so keep calm and read a paper book instead! 3. Books are great for keeping you focused in ways that distracting technology cannot. 4. Books are a great way to improve memory and imagination. They also offer a great way to escape reality and immerse yourself in another world. 5. They also help build your vocabulary and writing skills. Ever come across a word or term you are unfamiliar with? This is a great way to build your vocabulary. 6. You are more likely to finish a paper book than an e-book, due to its physical presence! It will sit on your shelf or side table or bookshelf and remind you! 7. Paper books are collectable in way that e-books can never be. They have the potential to become treasured heirlooms and look great on a bookshelf too. 8. Books are great conversational pieces – book clubs are great for this.
For people who truly love books, print is the only medium that will really satisfy. I think that print and paper has a lasting value that people appreciate and offer an experience that you simply can’t reproduce on screen.