I’m in no hurry for it.
Nothing personal against the electronic world; to read the daily news, I’ll gladly go online rather than juggle floppy, smudgy newspaper pages. But when it comes to books, I wouldn’t give up hard copy even in exchange for twenty years of free Internet access.
After all, paper books are:
- Easier on the eyes. Even with yellow letters on black screens gladly relegated to yesteryear, the glow from computer monitors still causes eyestrain faster than plain ink on paper.
- Portable. No hard-copy book makes you sit upright in the same chair for hours. You can take a book to the dinner table, or outdoors to enjoy a nice day, without unplugging and reconnecting anything. And what full-size computer, even a laptop, ever was comfortable for the time-honored tradition of reading in bed?
- Surprisingly durable. Sure, paper yellows with age, rips, and hates getting wet—but even a book dropped in a puddle is often salvageable (or replaceable) without an expensive trip to the repair shop. Books can be tossed on a table without their internal components shattering. And even cheap paper is good for twenty or thirty years, more than most electronic alternatives have yet proven themselves for.
- Free of technical difficulties. Any five-year-old can figure out—without a Help site—how to “work” a traditional book. And the connection never goes dead.
- Low-cost in more ways than one. A book rarely adds much to the electric bill or needs memory cards replaced.
And have you ever heard anyone say, “I think I’ll go curl up with a good Web site”?
Katherine Swarts is the founder of New Songs from the Heart, for Christian writings and inspirational poetry.. She has been a professional writer for over ten years—and a voracious reader for as long as she can remember. She has a master’s degree in written communications from Wheaton College (IL), and has published over 100 articles. You can visit Katherine’s personal blog,
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