yeah digital books are great but paper books are amazing

Miriam Almaguer, Reporter

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As time progresses, technology has grown into a massive part of our lives. Now-a-days, robots clean our  houses, people date through apps, and read books automatically from their phones. However, there is something to be said about hard-copy paper books. I grew up on paper books. They seemed to calm me down when I felt stressed out or when I really needed time to myself. When I saw the world of the internet, I saw more chances to buy books that I knew I could not afford, but I felt a little different when reading off of a phone than I did reading a physical one.

I believe that paper books have that unique way to allow a person to hold one’s work.  Words in front of your face without anything distracting you like the actual phone itself, you may be reading but the thought of someone texting you will get more attention on that then the book. Memorizing how the pages feel, getting anxious because you know you’re almost done with the book, makes one seek another book once they’re almost done with the one before.  

We as people grow upon paper books. It represents us and the things we learn. Technology does give you the opportunity to have so much variety, but it loses the purpose of an object, the actual book itself. From this generation I’ve seen so many people in my school having more paper books than actual digital, in which caught my eye fairly quickly.  According to The Wall Street Journal, sales of traditional print books rose by 5 percent in the US last year, while sales of e-books plunged by 17 percent. From the Guardian, they found that readers using a Kindle were less likely to recall events in a mystery novel than people who read the same novel in print.

Yes, I myself read them on my phone, but I never feel the same when I am reading an actual book. It is like saying you would rather eat a holographic cookie than a real one. Physical books give the feel of what they [the reader] are actually reading, and they do not have to worry about it dying in the middle of a good read. You can share with one another, talk about the book and connect with each other while technology does not allow much with that.

Yet digital books do have some big benefits. The varieties of book that the internet has is limitless, they’re easier to get than going to an actual library. There are more different types of books that are translated online then they are physically made, which benefits those that need translated books. Digital books give out so much information and allow even writers in a young age express their words on different types of apps. That allows the ones that love writing to actually let out the words they want to give. According to Pick My Reader “As an author, nothing beats immediate release and instant exposure to your audience and fan base. In the past, the publishing process took months, even years. From submission and editing through to printing and binding, getting published was hard work.These days the process can take less than 24 hours. Content can be rolled out seamlessly and globally.This pace is especially valuable with events-focused content that would date before the traditional publishing process saw it between hard covers.

Physical books will never die. As time goes on, people will crave the feeling of having a physical book in there hand rather than a piece of metal. Books are the beauty of the world. They label what is out there in a way that a person can understand. I view books the way one views sweets: something I crave and fall in love with every single time.