10 real reasons why paper books are better than e-books.
Every paper book lover knows that the obvious reasons for loving printed books are: the smell, the opportunity to turn paper pages with your fingers, the satisfaction of looking at your real bookshelf, the process of choosing a book in a real bookstore, the ability to collect and use fancy bookmarks.
However, not many people know that paper books have some real advantages comparing to e-books. Here’s a list of 10 reasons for paper books being better than e-books:
1. If a paper book falls, it’s not going to break. You will still be able to read it.
2. Paper books don’t run on batteries, so you can read them as much as you want to.
3. You can lend a paper book to your grandparents without the need to explain how to use it.
4. If you drop an e-reader into water (this goes to those who love reading in their bathtubs), all your books will be lost forever. If you drop a paper book into water, it will look horrible, but you’ll still be able to read it and, if not, you’ve lost just one book.
5. Again, if you lose an e-reader, you’ve lost your whole library.
6. A paper book lives longer.
7. You can lend a paper book to a friend who has no e-reader.
8. You are asked to switch off your e-reader or not use it during landing and take off of the plane. You can still read a paper book though.
9. An e-book has a set size while a paper book can be any size which makes it easier to look at illustrations, images and art work in full size.
10. Now, as a book lover I admit that this is horrible, but still - you can rip out any page at any time from a paper book which might come in very handy for students.
Apart from these very useful points I’ve also thought of two more:
1. You can kill a spider or a fly (or any other insect of your choice) with your paper book without worrying that it’ll be broken or ruined.
2. You can put your printed book under a piece of paper when writing, simply for the convenience of it.
Of course all these advantages will not prevent people from saving money and reading e-books, but I just wanted to make a point that paper book lovers are not only old-fashioned conservative smell addicts, but there are also some real practical reasons for reading printed books!
- Wow, this is an awesome idea! I should try working on it.
*few days later*
- Okay… I wonder how do I start? It all seems so logical in my head, but I should show it to the readers as well.
*writes several lines*
- Erm… somehow this is turning out to be something different. What do I do next? How do I get back on track? Why is my language so boring? I can’t write, I’m a disaster, nobody will ever get my genius ideas.
So I decided to start this yet another blog because I need to practice my writing somewhere, need to jot down my ideas, develop plot and character and just inspire myself to stick to my ambitions and stories. I’ll start with briefly mentioning a few ideas I’ve been thinking about for quite some time. They’re contradictory in their essence, but I hope that one day I’ll manage to get both these stories done.
This story is about a boy who wants to become a writer. He gets carried away by reading. Once he accidently finds out that he has the ability to make his writing come to life. He writes some rather meaningless short story about his friend going on vacation to the city of her dreams and it instantly comes true. He can’t believe it at first and treats this as a half-coincidental episode. Then after some time passes, he almost forgets about ‘his ability’ and gets in a serious row with his parents about his future career, life, etc. He gets really angry and upset and writes a story about his parents drowning in a lake. His parents really die exactly in the way he imagined it in his story. This obviously comes as a shock to him and he decides never to use his ability again. He also stops all communication with his childhood friend, being afraid to accidently hurt her and pursues a career of a non-fiction writer (some kind of rare type of writing, I still haven’t figured out quite exactly what’s it going to be). Eventually, after the terror of his parents death fades from his memory, he starts using his abilities again for small perks (women, luxury, food, etc), but then he meets his childhood friend again, they fall in love and he can only save her from certain death by using his abilities. He starts mastering his skills by using his abilities almost all the time, to make sure no one gets hurt, but unfortunately to save his love he was forced to kill her mother. After that she finds out about everything – finds his notes, for example (she was suspicious before, but didn’t actually know the truth), so she cuts him out of her life, she can’t forgive him. So he goes completely bonkers, uses his ability for crazy stuff, hurting people, creating disgusting nasty scenes. At some point (what kind of point will it be?), he decides to put an end to it by destroying the whole city and starting over again. He decides to save only his love, but she refuses to play his games. In the end he really destroys the city, but doesn’t know whether his love is safe or not.
Now, I still have to fully create the main characters, their background, character, family, style, habits, etc. That’s what I’ll do in my future entries here. Then I also have to figure out a father figure for the main character. Initially I thought it’s going to be his friend’s father, but I still have no idea who his friend is, when and where they meet and why they become friends.
Then one of the main things I have to figure out is the ‘Genius’ story line. The Genius is supposed to be a creature which makes the main character’s writing come to life. I might figure out another name for it later, but I liked the mythical idea about ‘a genius’ being a separate entity that helps you with your creativity, so you can blame it on this entity if you fail. I still have to figure out when will be the first time the main character sees his Genius, how does it look like, what kind of voice, language it has? What’s the purpose of this Genius, where does it come from? Is it alone? How many are there? First the Genius will be tempting the main character to write, but later when he starts using his abilities for evil, the Genius will try to talk him out of it. In the end, the main character will still hate his Genius.
This story has no characters yet and no plot at all yet. I thought about it once when I had a rather peaceful and calm moment driving home from a party night in a bus. The idea of this story is that there’s a character. Most probably a teenage girl (age 17, I think), she’s an ambitious girl trying to find her place in the world. The idea is that her life goes on normally, nothing extraordinary happens, there’s romance, studying, work, dreams, plans, things she does, things she puts off. And then suddenly, just out of the blue, she dies. The theme is obvious – what is the purpose of such lives? What’s the purpose that this person ever existed when life didn’t give her the opportunity to accomplish anything?
So here they are, two of my best ideas at the moment. I’m quite surprised I managed to write so much about them. Some things I actually didn’t know about my stories (especially the first one) until I sat down today and really put my mind to it. I’m sure this blog will help me develop my ideas and inspire me to write more often even if I hate what I write (and I most certainly will, most of the time).