Real books and the other kind

Reading books is the universal way of gaining knowledge.

Once there were manuscripts written on palm leaves, clay tablets that passes information to their generations. Later we had hand written books inked with pen. Then came the printed books.

Till this day we use the printed books and consider it as the appropriate way for reading and learning.

But now, the technology has changed the way we read books. Surfing the digital library and downloading electronic versions of books to devices like Kindle, iPad and Smart phones has become a common trend.

Are these devices a complete replacement of real books or just a ballyhoo? So here is my personal opinion and comparison of the different kinds of books.

Real books:

Books are the best companion to a man.

Reading books in a sepia-toned paper is what I love to do. I’m a solitary reader and I always prefer to read in paper-books and delve in to the imagination. The feel that gives you while  reading line by line, flipping through the pages and getting lost in another world by the author’s creativity is something that can’t be explained.



We learn about our culture and history from our grandma’s bedtime stories during childhood.

Audio books give you same kind of feel when you plug in the earphones and cuddle in your bed. I heard few chapters of Harry Potter and lost in to the captivating story. But some audio books would sound just like TV news. It all depends on the narration.

An Audio book with a good narration is another choice when you don’t want to open a book. You can also finish the book much sooner than reading.

Electronic Books:

During my college days, I wanted my texts books to have search feature 🙂 I spend most of the time finding a topic and then have very less time for studying.

Now we have brilliant devices like Kindle and iPad, which gives you the best reading experience and incorporates search and much more useful feature on it.

I have seen animated video playing on newspapers in sci-fi movies.

iBook 2 does that. It has videos, animations, key notes and many more useful features on a book. They are very interactive.

Finally each has some benefits over the other and it all depends on our personal choice. Currently I’m reading The Fountainhead book and I have printed, electronic and audio versions of it. I read it in all possible ways, whichever is convenient at that moment 🙂

And the bottom-line is, digital versions may be smarter but they are no way equal to a real book.

Happy reading 🙂