Why I’m not an eBook Person

Do we all see that how public libraries these days are vanishing, when was the last time you visited a library to find a book? Do you know that Bangalore has a mobile library?

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The First novel I ever read was from an Indian author it was, “Two states” and this was during my college until then I never read books apart from textbooks. After that I started reading Novels, most of them were from very amateur writers or Indian writers were the language standards were low. After I joined work, my boss was a book lover and he had a humongous collection of books, of different sorts and he actually helped me to choose the better subjects/ author and he also lend me some of his books. During that time, I somehow got attached to eBook, I didn’t have a tablet or Kindle. But I read through my laptop, I used to download PDF books and read them on laptop almost every night.

I didn’t realise how much I was straining my eyes, until I one day I woke up with a bad headache for starting the screen until midnight. I started to researching on how these Electronic devices are not very human friendly when it comes to starting the screen for hours and its not just that, even the body posture that adds up to the stress. After digging up the internet and some books for a while I was very clear that digital reading was not for me.

Do you think we are saving paper by going digital? Actually no, we still use the same amount of paper to write or print stuff. However, What I have seen is books these days are recycled and made of things like sugar cane waste, sea weed and bamboo which can be recycled up to 90%.

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. — Jean Rhys

Few Years back when I was visited a café in goa, I saw a lot of people come there to donate books which they had read more than once and take the book which they not to read and this was complete free of cost. There are online book store which delivery used/second hand books to you at half price (nope there are no pages missing).

I recent years I have seen a lot of people go from books to Digital. But there is something that makes me feel good about being old school, going to a store to buy a book. The smell of those old pages, it makes my inner child very happy. These days we google everything. But there was something fun when my teacher asked me to care a dictionary to a class so we could learn new words each day. I still like having my morning coffee reading the newspaper rather scroll through my Instagram for “NEWS”

One alternative that I can suggest is that audio books, the biggest advantage of audio books were made for blind people, we know not all the books published are in braille. Personally, for me it helped me listen, yes, I was a bad listener and audio books made me good listener. Few of my friends who find very hard to make time for themselves also find audio books very useful, especially during their commute time which they make complete use of. One more thing I have recently observed it that how famous people promote books and also start book club like Reese Witherspoon, Sonali Bendre, Oprah Winfrey and so on. Podcasts are also some thing people are targeting on these days, there are a few authors who love reading books to their fans and express their emotion when they wrote the book.

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” — Rene Descartes



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Ankita Kumar

Ankita Kumar


Former Fashion Designer, part-time Chef, and an amateur writer, who loves to explore every topic and trying to read as many books, before I die.