Summer Reading: E-books vs Paper books

In a world where everything around us seems to be digital, there are still some things we can pick to do in the traditional non-screen way. One of this things is reading. But even this task is disappearing into the technology. 

With the boom of E-readers, tablets and reading apps for smartphones, the non-digital atmosphere around reading is becoming smaller and smaller – Of course, due to the perks of digital reading, paper books apparently are loosing the battle. 

But some of us, romantics, are still attached to the fact of have an actual book in our hands – call us nostalgics but I personally think is not the same experience. 

And don’t get me wrong, I love e-books and is the way I do most of my readings, but there is nothing like sit in a comfortable place with a cup of coffee or tea and a real book in hand – turning page after page to see what comes next in the story. 

And I know is an old fashion kind of thinking, but I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one with that feeling – There is something magic about that scenario.

But, of course, the weight of the book that doesn’t allow me to carry it with me all the time, the lack of space in my teeny tiny flat and the higher cost compare with a Kindle versions had push me to migrate to the digital version – because, not reading is simple unacceptable!!!!

Convenience,  light weight, smaller costs and variety are some of the up sides of e-books and this things are strangling the traditional way of deep yourself into a story – but there are some things, and places, where paper seems like a better option.

As we’re in the summer time (at least, in the norther part of the world), where beaches, pools and a lot of water seems to be involve, some prefer paper over digital for obvious reasons – getting your e-reader or tablet wet can cause serious damages; also, a digital screen is not that convenient under the sun and an actual book is more comfortable while you’re tanning in the hammock 😉

In my case, this summer, I was stuck in a series of which I only had the digital version. This led me to bring my tablet to the beach, and while it wasn’t as unpleasant as I though it would be, it wasn’t the best reading experience (despise the perfect background). Looking around me, I found people enjoying their time with an paper book and it got me thinking.

Here’s what I figure out: paper books are not dying, their just modifying their market and time of consuming (as in marketing) – while on-the-go, e-books seam as the perfect solution because is easier to carry them around, there are still some momentum to paper books – like the beach or that chair in your house where you can loose yourself in actual pages – at least, from now on, that’s the way I’m gonna use both of them!! 😉

What do you think about it??? 
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Hope you had enjoy and as always…

…See you between the pages!



Reading is NOT overrated!

In an era where the media consumed us and TV shows and social media is all we can do in our free time, there are still some sentimentalists – like myself – that rather to spend this time with a book in their hands.

Why? In my case, is a matter of excess of free time – I always loved reading but I used to do it when I was on vacations or at night because I couldn’t sleep. The rest of my time was divided by work, friends, TV and lots of WhatsApps, FB post, Instagram photo, tweets, etc. And, don’t get me wrong, I still spend a lot of time doing those stuffs, specially in social media; I found it amazing how a page can connect people all around the world!!!!

But one day my life changed and I found myself with a lot of time to spare, so I took the easy way and started by watching TV shows and movies – and you know what I figured out? That this wasn’t enough!! I got excited with a lot of this stories, but at the end, I always wanted MORE – so I started to get bored by it. Plus, my eyes were begging me to stop staring at a screen most of the day! (You may think that know I am killing them with words, which is correct! hahahah)

That was when I grab my first book at 9 in the morning and started spending my days immerse in the pages of it. This was about 3 years ago – and I committed the big and amazing mistake of started with something like the Game of Thrones series!!! 🙈 I got so obsess that I finished the entire 5 books in two weeks, which is no easy task considering the amount of characters involved in the story.

By the time I finished, I was exhausted so I felt into something a little bit lighter – The Fifty Shades of Grey series – I know, completely lunatic change of taste, right? Hahaha. Well, it turns out that, aside form the fact that E.L. James cannot write a shit, I loved the way this book made me feel. At least the first one and couple of chapters of the second one. And I found myself addicted to this kind of feeling! Seeking it in every book I read from then on. I re-read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility – then I started looking for book adaptations so I went from The secret diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith (Fun Fact: this one is amazing and their even making a movie out of it). 

Then I moved myself to romantic novels with a bit of spice on it – Novels by Erin Nicholas, Katy EvansNoelle AdamsToni Aleo, Kelly Oram, Lauren Layne, etc. Of course, I also revisited some of my YA favorite books – The Twilight sagaThe Hunger Games – and added new ones to my list of read-books – Divergent by Veronica RothThe Vampire Academy and Bloodlines by Rachelle MeadThe Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, and Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson. Finally, I came back to classics such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and, recently, Emma.

You can see that I read almost anything that cross my hands and the point of this, and of the story I just told you, is that reading a book is not about the author, or how well is written, or how many awards won, is about the way you feel when you finish it. Is how you can get so involved with the characters and the story that you become one of them, and you suffer or laugh with their adventures. Is about the way you want to know more about the universe where the book take place. And finally, is about traveling without leaving your own house, because a book can take you places that you never knew before. For me, this is the essence of READING. And no TV show or social media can do this, at least not with the same strength.

So GRAB A BOOK!!!!, any book – because reading, as dreaming, is NOT overrated!