It’s just sad that the the amount of books you can read in a lifetime is limited.
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!
Common Characteristics of Natural Born, Freelance, or Career Writers
- An “odd ball” childhood.
Writers tend to start off as peculiar kids. They never quite fit in with their classmates. Their abstract thinking begins early on, and it causes them to struggle to relate to other children and elementary interests. Future writers commonly start off as either lonesome or socially inept kids.
- They were handed books as toys.
Naturally gifted writers are almost always reading enthusiasts. They have a further developed vocabulary and stronger syntax abilities because their scholastic experience goes beyond traditional curriculum.
- They believe in the “All or nothing” policy.
Writers are often perfectionists that will edit until their eyes bleed or completely scratch an idea off the table. They tend to carry that trait into their other projects as well. The writer will either create something complete or nothing at all.
- They take pride in their work.
Even if they need help, writers like doing their work 100% themselves without contribution. This is seen often in college, when the self-proclaimed writers don’t show up to office hours or ask for tutoring. Writers tend to treat even essays as a personal work of art. It’s their work, and it matters that it’s only theirs.
- They are equally organized and disorganized.
A writer’s mind works in choreographed chaos. With too much chaos comes no productivity. With too much organization comes no passion. The writer has learned how to have the perfect combination of both.
- They have both an ego and self-doubt.
-Enough ego to invest in one’s own thoughts, enough doubt to revise and rethink continuously.
- They enjoy simplicity.
Hot coffee, music, and a sunrise could make their morning flawless.
- They are observant.Writers tend to learn about things from as many angles as they can. They’ll see the same sign for ten years and connect ten-thousand other separate things to the sign in that amount of time. They take in what they can and make a mental map of how things co-exist.
- They recognize the importance of memories.Writers learn how to utilize past moments as criteria for their work. A writer will not forget their first love, or heartache.
(Source: optimismforjournalism, via avajae)
A Must-Read Blog for Writers -
I stumbled upon this blog and can’t get enough of reading it. The author gives writers advice in a very clear, brutally honest manner. Do read!
- 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.
Hello, writer’s block!
75 Books Every Writer Should Read -
I scanned through the titles. Some of these books I’ve read already and I must say they are indeed inspiring and helpful.
I remember only once when I enjoyed the movie better than the book. It was “The Hours”. The movie is full of new discoveries when you re-watch it, but I never had any thoughts to go back to reading the book.
Anne Enright - On Writing
1. The first 12 years are the worst.
2. The way to write a book is to actually write a book. A pen is useful, typing is also good. Keep putting words on the page.
3. Only bad writers think that their work is really good.
4. Description is hard. Remember that all description is an opinion about the world. Find a place to stand.
5. Write whatever way you like. Fiction is made of words on a page; reality is made of something else. It doesn’t matter how “real” your story is, or how “made up”: what matters is its necessity.
6. Try to be accurate about stuff.
7. Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.
8. You can also do all that with whiskey.
9. Have fun.
10. Remember, if you sit at your desk for 15 or 20 years, every day, not counting weekends, it changes you. It just does. It may not improve your temper, but it fixes something else. It makes you more free.
This advice was first published in The Guardian
Anne Enright is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her novel The Gathering won the 2007 Man Booker Prize.