The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 28, 2013

Just a Book

As the world is constantly advancing technologically, those keep-sake items we thought would always be around are being replaced as well. No longer do you have to go to the library or bookstore to choose a new read. Now, all it takes is a few simple clicks and that bestseller is downloaded right in front of your eyes.

This seemingly helpful advancement in technology, which eliminates the need for patience as a virtue, also hinders the experience of reading altogether. For those booklovers who see reading as an escape to a new world, or an adventure for information, the fun is not always in the book itself. Sure, reading is enjoyable, but so is the entire journey.

With ebooks, the fundamental quest is eliminated. There is no more scouring the isles at the library, following the signs marked paperback or romance. You are not surrounded on all sides by row after row of exciting adventures bound in the sheets of a novel or able to touch the pages and imagine the others before you who held, and cherished the same work of art.

Without a book in your hand, the creaks and groans that escape the binding after it has first been open to the world cannot caress your ears just as the screen of a Kindle or Nook does not admit the enticing aroma of stories waiting to be told.

With a real book in your hand, there is no glare of screen that can encumber the story and no one to tell you to power down before take-off. A paperbound book is just that -- a book! It does not link to the internet nor store games, but enables the reader to be completely involved in the experience of reading. From picking the book, to turning the last page, every dog-eared corner is precious, as an ebook never can be.

Megan Baker

Mifflinburg Area High School

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