Remember back in the day when you wanted to learn something? People would say go and read a book. If you didn’t have a book to read you would go to the library. There you could find an enormous range of books to read on any subject. Stories, adventures, interesting facts and figures. Books for the young and old. There are literally tonnes of books in local libraries all around the world.
But these days we have so much information at our fingertips. Sure library’s are still in high demand. We need them for the traditional means of keeping records and accurate paper documentation and books. But we the internet, computers and smartphones we can now access information anywhere and at any time.
But enough with the technology already – give me the books. Call me old fashioned but its so refreshing to be able to pick up a book and hold it in your hand. It is not the same as holding a kindle or iPad. The feel of the paper and the actual turning from one page to the next, brings a different sensation on the finger tips than simply swiping the screen to move to the next page. You can even smell the pages if the book has a certain age or has been to different places. In essence you cen appreciate the life the book has had when you are reading it. Not from just the scribbled message that a previous owner or reader made in some odd pages, but from the look, feel, smell and texture.
I also like the idea of book exchanges at some hotels or travel destinations. The idea of a living library with no rules other than you need to replace a book with a book. It is a great way for the library to always have fresh books in its inventory. Plus this also leads to each book having a more exciting life as it too may travel the world creating its own adventures. Similar to what may be written on its pages.
I also understand that you may think I am hippo-critical as I write this on a computer and you read it on a screen, thinking but this is no book. Yes I can adapt to changing times and know that this is the best way to reach people in our day and age. But this does not distract the fact that books are books and this is simply information on technology. I hope you understand what I am saying and will take the time to find a new book to read. It may be hard for you to locate, or you may have a nearby bookshelf that plays home to a large selection.
Choose a book and start reading it. Appreciate the sensation of the book and enjoy it!