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Print Versus Electronic

Technology has boosted education into the limelight. There are so many ways to learn different things – online courses, videos on varying websites (but especially YouTube), video games, etc. Soon enough we’ll be learning from hologram teachers and having textbooks downloaded straight into our minds. But we’re not at that stage yet and we still have to adapt to online textbooks.

As a booklover, I’ve always held a prejudice against electronic books. You can’t feel the pages in your hands, breathe in the stories from the paper, or carry it around with you to show off to the world. Sure, you can carry it around on your Nook or Kindle, but it’s not the same at all. What happens if the entire Internet goes down or the home system is messed with by a virus? It’s gone then. While these thoughts don’t apply so much for textbooks, I still think that the paper version is much better. It’s easier to flip through pages and mark important pieces of information. Using the electronic version entails pressing buttons and waiting for the page to load up. Flipping through the pages of a physical textbook is just that – flipping through the pages.

I’ve had several classes where my textbook has an online version. Sure, it’s okay when I know exactly what page and what information I need to look at, but I still find myself consulting the printed text when I need to do hardcore searching for information. It’s easier.

Maybe I’m biased, but I think I have the right mindset. Don’t get me wrong, technology is great. I absolutely love it. But there are just some things that the electronic version of life can’t replace and I’m dead set on the idea that books in paper should remain that way. Sorry, trees.

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March of Happiness: Day Five

If you open the covers of a book and delve deep into the pages, swimming in the words that litter the paper and breathing in the adventure that the story tells, you can, for a moment, escape into another world. It’s not as if you’ve completely left this world, no. You’ve merely managed to hide away in the pages. But that is definitely good enough.

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. There is just something wonderful in being able to live another person’s life and battle evil-doers through the words on the page. It’s absolutely thrilling, and I hope that you think the same.

If you ask me what my favorite book is, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. I have far too many books that I love and it would be unfair to choose one that ultimately reigns above the others. Instead, I’ll give you a shortened version of the list of books/book series that I love to live in:

  • The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  • The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
  • Kissed by An Angel series by Elizabeth Chandler
  • Gallagher Girl series by Ally Carter
  • Heist Society series by Ally Carter
  • Fallen series by Lauren Kate
  • All of the books I’ve been able to read by Sarah Dessen
  • The Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Olympian Books by Rick Riordan
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The list goes on, but I’ll leave it at that for now. I’m sure you can all understand why I would pick books and reading for my happiness of the day. It’s my best hobby and a big part of my life (especially since I love to write, but that’s for another time). And shouldn’t a passion make you happy?

Do you like to read? Or do you have another passion? What’s yours?

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