Why Do People Still Prefer Books in Print?

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved the feel of a book in my hand. It may be the comforting pages, or actually getting a break from a screen to experience a book.

I received a Nook for Christmas a couple of years ago. At first, I was excited. I looked forward to this new chapter (pun intended) of my life. A machine that holds all of my books for me. How exciting!

I soon found out that having this machine wasn’t all it was made out to be. I started buying books, extremely cheap books, that went right on my Nook. My bookshelves began to look static with no new additions. After buying a couple books and reading them on my Nook, I grew tired of it. Now, I only rarely use it for school.

People often say print media is dying. While this may be true for newspapers (that’s for a whole other post) this isn’t necessarily true for books. In fact, studies have shown that people want their books physically in their hands.

But why?

Here’s my take on it. In this digital age, we spend a lot of time in front of screens. Books are a nice break, not just for the eyes, but for the mind as well. Books are also used as an escape, and I think people are far more willing to escape into a book if they can. Real books also don’t get low batteries, or die right in the middle of a great chapter.

People used to think the book industry would be drastically changed by now, yet print books are still the favorite among Americans. It will be interesting to see how much longer it will last.

I’m sure it doesn’t have to go one way or the other. Maybe you like digital, maybe you like print. You maybe even use both, which is still cool. Books are meant to be read, and reading can do a lot for a brain no matter the device.

As for me, i’ll be reading print for a while longer.

For more information, check out this New York Times article.

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