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Printed books VS e-books

Here are five of the many reasons why, in my world, e-Books don’t stand a chance.

Connection: There is something about reading a physical book that fuses my mind with the story. Whenever I read ink on paper, I feel much more a part of the plot line than if I were scrolling through pages on a screen. For me, manually touching and turning the pages of a book are a must in making sure that I am fully engrossed and captivated by the words in front of me.

Smell: Fresh, yet musty smell that radiates from each and every page of a book is another reason I will never give up paperbacks. The sweet aroma triggers a nostalgic flood of emotions that bring back memories of a carefree childhood. It’s comforting, warm, de-stressing, and something I’d rather not live without.

Mark-ups: As a visual and tactile learner, I envelop many of my books in annotations, Post-its, and highlighter streaks. You are also sure to find inserted notes and folded corners within the sheets of my books to indicate pages that I want to come back to. And, while, in our generation, it is possible to artificially annotate and bookmark e-Books, it takes way more effort than simply jotting down a quick word or two with a pen.

Less distractions: Let’s face it, when reading books on laptops, phones, or tablets, it’s hard to ignore the new email alerts, or those text messages from your best friend. On a device that has access to Google, Facebook, and Snapchat, I’m not sure that I can trust myself with being 100% focused on the text I’m reading (pun intended).

Libraries: One of my favorite places to hang out, believe it or not, is the library. I love walking down the aisles, flipping through books and admiring their illustrations. Being surrounded by shelves of books and hundreds of bookworms engenders an amazingly tranquil feeling that, unfortunately, e-Libraries cannot provide.

Reading has always been an all-inclusive sensory experience for me. And I’m not just referring to the vivid battle scenes I can picture in my head, but to the soft crinkle of the pages turning, the velvety texture of the thick paper, and the all-too-comforting “smell of an old book” — sensations that electronic books simply cannot offer.

About Abid Nevesinjac

Freelancing entrepreneur since 2000. Specialized in social media marketing and search engine optimization. Web developer. Windows application developer. Founder of and contributor at

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