real paper books

2015-09-22 15.51.09I don't read e-books, and I don't own an e-reader. I like real paper books for so many reasons. For one I like to highlight things that seem important and that I'd like to find again later. When I get a new book I like flipping through it, take a look at the index, read some here some there, look at back and front cover, then start at the beginning and actually delve into it. I seem to get a better feeling for the geography of a book with the paper version and I know better how far along I am when I can see how thick the wad of pages is I already read compared to what's ahead. A paper book is warm and soft and has a smell to it. Slightly worn books even seem to have a certain aura to them while an e-reader is a cold machine in comparison. The continuous slight flickering of a screen and the blueness bother me after a while. Lastly, they say that screen reading at night may cause sleep problems, as the Huff Post reported not too long ago. And who knows about the radiation an e-reader would emit when sitting in my lap for hours while I read an e-book.

2015-09-22 15.52.05            Call me old fashioned, but I like stacks of books around the house and I like to curl up on a couch or in bed with a real book.