Read Related: 6 Awesome Uses for Damaged BooksSo here are my arguments in defense of print books:
- A traditional book helps you disconnect, slow down and find quiet time for yourself, a sort of oasis away from your hectic daily life.
- You can make notes in them. Yes, I realize that eReaders let you highlight and make notes in an eBook, but there’s nothing like the tactile quality of flipping through the pages and seeing where you highlighted, underlined, made a note in the margin or dog-eared a corner.
- You are more likely to remember a book in print. If you keep your favorite books on shelves you can easily go back to them. They are always on display. In a device, they’re out of sight and out of mind.
- Traditional books in your home represent who you are. Consider how much you’ve learned about a particular person by taking a look at his or her bookshelf.
- Shopping for print books in a traditional bookstore is a magical experience, a ritual for those who enjoy it. The myriad choices and the discovery of that special edition you happen to find are exhilarating sensations. And there’s nothing like the anticipation of getting home and cracking open the spine of a new book.
- When you buy print books, you are not only supporting writers and publishers but, most importantly, local brick and mortar bookstores.