Everyone looks for something different when it comes to reading. Some turn to books for practical purposes such as cookery and self-improvement while others favour non-fiction and academically oriented books. Most of us however, consider reading as a form of entertainment and a way to escape the trivialities of modern life. In an age where technology and eBooks are replacing the traditional written word, many people are moving away from books. However, lets take a closer look at what makes them irreplaceable.
Transmission of knowledge
Many of us today turn to the Internet for our every need. For solutions to life’s problems, health issues, academics and a host of other things. However, nothing on the Internet can come close to the knowledge available in a book. If the Internet is a lake, a book is the ocean. A book does not provide us with quick and easy solutions to questions. Instead it makes us think, while providing a thorough knowledge on the subject we want to know about. It makes us want to find out more and arouses our curiosity. Books teach skills, ideas and open new doors. Readers are thus known to have better general knowledge than non-readers.
Once upon a time, books were a popular source of entertainment. One could argue that they still are, as most movies and TV series have been adapted from books. The entertainment value of a book lies in the reader being able to identify with characters and situations and seeing how they parallel their own lives. The best non fiction books to read while having entertainment value, are also instructive and provide insights into life along with glimpses into the lives of famous people and important events. Reading as a recreational activity therefore not only fends off boredom but also enriches our minds and emotions.
Finally, books are inspirational. Some books have changed the world. They open us to entirely new ideas and concepts and introduce us to new cultures, people and ways of life. We needn’t travel the world or experience new things first hand; often we can achieve this just by being engrossed in a well-written book. Reading also builds up empathy and allows us to identify with those from different backgrounds. It makes us more open minded. If we go through articles about authors and their works, it is clear to see how various books and authors have inspired them in turn and inspired their own creativity. Reading does not make us isolated; instead it brings a feeling of togetherness and belonging. Books should not be allowed to die out. They should be preserved for all time.