But is it due to force of habit or is there something more to this prejudice?
Existing in the 21st century sure does bring a lot of lifestyle changes, doesn’t it? From the ways we manage our leisure time to craving things we never even knew existed! E-books, just like other members of the ‘Digital Family’, have definitely made our lives a bit easier. But despite the obvious advantages, there is also a void which is felt while reading; a dead end of sorts, impenetrable by our smartphone or tablet screens.
There’s no better comfort zone than the scent of old pages mixed with that of coffee and the promise of momentary escape from reality.
I can’t be too sure whether this is my inner book nerd talking or simply an old-school soul; we all have the right to have preferences anyway! The book lovers though, would surely agree with me on this one. There’s no better comfort zone than the scent of old pages mixed with that of coffee and the promise of momentary escape from reality. The signature fonts, the texture of pages, the almost motherly love which is given to our favourite copies is irreplaceable. Sure enough, Paperbacks take more space, but usually, it’s the best things in life which come with a price, don’t they?
It is said that books are a man’s greatest friend and confidante. I still remember multitasking with a torch and my book under the bedsheets while munching on some midnight snacks. And how can I forget about the clumsy doodles I had scrawled all over those typical, girly, preteen quiz books! Reminiscing those moments truly makes me feel blessed for the timing with which my parents introduced me to this world!
As far as your readers are concerned, dear e-books, I bet they miss the times they would highlight a particular word as kids and rush to their cabinets in search of a dictionary. On the other hand, today adults and children alike are capable of achieving those things with mere clicks of their fingertips. But along with unadulterated pleasures of reading, they’ve been missing out on the joys of personalised bookmarks, rituals of gifting novels and the rush of anticipation on turning the pages one after another in an attempt to devour all the writing in one go.
That’s the thing about art, it’s eternal and indestructible.
Reading online has its own perks and maybe it will replace actual books completely someday. Like all dying traditions, our pages worth of childhood memories, underlined quotes, heart-touching dialogues, and dried tear stains would be buried in time just like the rest of us. But hopefully, the words will live on. That’s the thing about art, it’s eternal and indestructible.
So in the end, the good news is that incoming years and generations, won’t be devoid of stories and inspiration. But until the time my life refuses to cease on this Earth, I am going to drown myself in aesthetics and not just the words you provide dear e-books. It’s because some objects and habits are like feelings; you just cannot let go of them.
Author: Alisha Jamshed Syed