Just few days back one of my friend asked me “if I really read books, that I keep updating my status on Facebook”. So here is the answer to it.
Reading is an old companion of mine which had somehow lost its way few years back is now back with me. I recollect very well during my school & college days whenever I had free time , apart from playing with my friends I use to read books. Well at that time I use to read comic books like Archies, Tintin, Tinkle, Phantom, etc.
As time went by I somehow lost the habit. Maybe I was too busy with other things or rather there were other things which were more interesting than reading.
After all these years it so happened that one of my friends PC send me a pdf of Chetan Bhagat’s book through mail. Initially without much interest I started reading it. As I scrolled through page by page everyday (I only use to read during my travel in train to office) That interest of reading started latched on all over again. PC Thanks for waking up the out-of-action reading habit within me. By the time I finished the book I was looking forward to more reading. I started exploring options of reading books and then my cousin SS told me of couple of places where I can get books to read on rental basis incase I don’t want to buy. Meanwhile I already had purchase few books online to read on Kindle app.
So here on again I found my old pal in way of reading books. Reading helps me get peace of mind. Reading helps me run down memory lane of my young days. Reading helps me to gain strength and become more stronger (ofcourse not physical strength). Now I always carry a book with me and always looking for an opportunity to read it.
I am not a person who can finish a book at one go but if the topic/story is interesting then I do wanna finish the book at rapid pace. I like to read more of non-fiction books. I do prefer to read paper books as compare to ebooks; the reason as to why i prefer paper books is over here…
It’s not only myself but my wife and my daughter (only during holidays) have got into the habit of reading. I and my wife between us, many times do give ratings of the common books which we read.
There is a nice handy website www.goodreads.com through which i keep track of my friend’s book list and also I can check which book has better rating and how many books an author has published till now.
You can also go through my book shelf by clicking here..
Couple of month back I was in double mind of whether to continue reading printed book or e-book. I had a big debate within myself on whether to buy new Kindle or stick to my current habit.
I was not able to decide on what shall I continue, so I tried both i.e. reading e-book and printed book (which I was already doing it). For reading e-books I downloaded “Kindle” app on my iPhone and even purchased 3 e-books from Amazon. I even did little cross checks with my other friends who are into reading practice.
My likings for printed book:-
The smell of books makes one feel happy. Also the cover of the book (front and back) gives a different feeling.
Printed paper books can be rented out by paying a very small amount as rent fee and you can return once you read it.
Books can be exchanged between friends (which I normally do).
One can keep it in book shelf and increase your collection (incase you have it).
Having said the above, since I have read 3 e-books, I will like to mention about it too.
My likings for e-book:-
e-books are easier to purchase. Buy it online and within seconds they get downloaded in your smart phone, tab or Kindle. Whereas printed paper books take 2-3 days of delivery.
eBooks are easier to store as compare to printed books which will require a good amount of storage space. e-book provides better portability too.
One can read e-books anytime day or night as it does not require any external source of light. One can cuddle up on the bed with blanket and even read it hiding inside the blanket too :).
Just one device and it can store many e-books thus making easier for accessibility any time in future.
After experimenting both, I currently am comfortable reading printed paper books. Why ? Because reading e-books on smart phone, tab or Kindle means leaving bad impact on eyes. I already sit and work in front of my laptop for almost 8-10 hours a day. Adding more hours means more stress to my eyes. Secondly I have found a shop in my vicinity which gives books on rent; pay some deposit, read the book and return it. No hassle of buying and storing.
I do agree that many of you will have different view-point on this. I have read few surveys on “choice between e-book and printed book” and the statistics reveals that demand for the latter is more than former still today. But going ahead I am sure e-books will out number printed books.
So friends, let me know what would you prefer-an e-book or a printed book? The choice is yours, do fill the survey…