“There is nothing like the smell of books, both old and new. If someone ever bottled the smell, I would be all over it.” – Tiffany King, Meant to Be (The Saving Angels, #1)
This is the era of the Kindle generation. With technology by your side, it’s now a common phenomenon to see that people resort to reading books in digital formats rather than buying a hardcover or a paperback. Fortunately, I am not one of them. Nor do I plan to be anytime soon.
For me, the actual pleasure of holding a book and feeling it’s essence while reading it will never be replaced by something flashing on a 6-inch screen. Although I consider myself a minimal tech geek, I find the idea of reading something without actually feeling it on your hands, very uncomfortable and unsettling.
There is an altogether different feeling when you go to a bookstore and gaze upon the rows of shelves hemmed with books, each carrying a different mystery, a different narrative, a different world. It has always been an ecstatic experience for me when I visit any bookstore, few of my friends would know how I suddenly become a child and just run around the shelves, admiring the covers and discovering different worlds inside them. The fresh musty smell seeping through the veins, is ever nostalgic to me. So magnificent. Being in a bookstore is undoubtedly one the best moments that I experience. It may sound weird but yes, I can simply spend hours inside a bookstore or library just by gazing at those shelves. Sometimes I feel to buy the whole damn bookstore. Only if that was possible. Sigh!
People who read physical copies of books would know the feeling when a new book comes to your hands for the first time. That smell of the pages, the crispy sounds they make as you touch and turn them, the texture you feel as you explore them slowly and delve into the printed ink, fading away into a totally different world, sometimes even losing track of time. Yes, that’s a different experience. Hard to explain but indeed one of life’s most exquisite experiences ever.
And now, people choose to turn away from that experience by buying a book online and reading it from a touch screen. The pleasure of holding and reading a book on a Sunday afternoon, sitting on the porch can never be felt while reading an eBook. Unless they somehow manage to put that characteristic odour in a kindle, which I believe isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
I hope it doesn’t happens at all.
Most of my peers get surprised when they get to know that I still buy books and they are like, “Dude, why don’t you buy ebooks?” Well, sometimes I end up telling them the essence of buying a physical copy but most of the time, I just smile and let that question pass by. After all, I am kind of old school regarding some aspects of life.
There is a new book en route to me which I ordered from Amazon a while back. And you cannot imagine how much excited I am to finally grasp it.
Do share your thoughts about which you normally prefer. Books or ebooks.
Till then, happy reading.