Should I still be reading books?

Ideally, it should not matter how contents are delivered to the user i.e., in traditional way –books, magazines, journals etc., or in modern way – e-books, online magazine, e-papers, web-site contents, blogs etc.  The question posed here does not have a specific yes or no answer since the answer completely depends on personal opinion and preference. However, my opinion is a big YES and I completely favor reading books as read traditionally.


To begin with, books can be read any time and any where i.e., whether you are traveling or you are laying on your bed. The books can be carried anywhere and in any conditions. Those who argue against this view might say that with advent of technology you can access electronic media anywhere. However, accessing the technology anywhere still costs you. The technology is providing costlier means to access electronic media like e-books, website, blogs etc. In contrast to this, physical books are one time investment. A person purchases a book once, reads the book several times and passes on to his/her friends and so on… For a person, it is almost impossible to stare at monitor for 2-3 hours and read the book on screen. Reading contents in electronic form strains eyes and back of person and also affects the health of the person. However, this is not the case with books. You can read the books for hours and in your comfortable place. Also, you read books at no additional expense like internet access charge, electricity bill etc. Hence, still books are very safe, cheap and reliable source of information and knowledge.


Also, the books are published on papers which often consume natural resources. In contents delivered through internet or any other electronic form, this consumption is often less. But, that is a myth as a person rarely reads the book in electronic form. He/she prefers to take print-out of the interesting article. This practice wastes natural resources excessively and sometimes consumes more paper than a published book can consume.


However, one may argue that the printed articles are often hard to correct. If there’s any mistake in text, a new edition with correction needs to be published which again consumes the natural resources and costs a lot. Also, searching for information in book is often more cumbersome than searching in electronic content. With the use of any text editors or text programs, the words or phrases can be searched quickly. Even corrections are less costly than printed article.


Hence, there are pros and cons in each method of accessing information. But, the decision to use book or e-book is very controversial and is solely choice and preference of the reader. But, I would answer the question with Yes as health and comfort come on top in my preference list. Finally, it’s your choice… it’s your decision…


  1. Dude, you have forgotten e-Readers like Amazon Kindle, Sony e-reader. I think they’ll be the future of reading. No more papers, but download the book straight to your e-reader. And yes, from what I hear, they are not ergonomically inefficient. They tend to be smooth on the eyes, and can be read like a book, since it is a handheld PDAish kind of device.


  2. Thanks for your comment, Anup.

    But, I am still old-fashioned and prefer reading books rather than reading e-books on my PC/Mobile/PDA. 🙂

    Read my other blog for “Fee Hike by IIMs” and share your view on that.



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