Reasons Why A Physical Book Is Better Than A Digital Read

I am, and forever will be, a huge fan of books. 

I love to read, and find it one of the most relaxing and entertaining things to do. I love the real sense of escapism that comes from picking up a good book and delving into something new. 

I have a couple of books on my Christmas list this year including The Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel List, L’art De La Simplicite and The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**K.

I find that in a digital age, books are still one of the best things that I could buy. I love looking in book shops, looking at different titles, and I still get a thrill from curling up on the sofa with a brand new read, and settling in for a reading session. 

I do own a Kindle however, and I do see the positives in having one around. When I go traveling this is an absolute lifesaver. I tend to read a lot more when I’m on my travels, and e-books allow me to carry around multiple titles in a light little compact device. It would seem as though a lot of people are embracing e-books, however digital books have had a much less drastic impact on physical book sales than expected.

Books for me are like leather bags; when you buy one it is something that is really high in quality and lasts a lifetime. They need to be looked after and cared for, but they can be used again and again and enjoyed year after year.

Here are a couple of reasons why physical books are better than digital reads…

They Make Great Gifts – Is there anything fun about unwrapping a digital code, or finding a piece of paper under your Christmas tree. The gift of a good book is lovely, and I for one love to give and receive books as gifts. Covers are so beautiful these days; it combines a lovely present with a beautiful display. 

Books Create Bonds – I find books really sentimental. When we recently moved house, the one thing that I struggled the most with in terms of condensing, was my book collection. I find that I associate every good book I have read with the time in my life when I read it. This idea was also reinforced when I joined a book club a few years ago. Which reminds me, I need to find another one now I’m in Leeds…

Books Are Personal – This kind of relates to the sentimental value of books, but I find reading to be a very personal activity. Whenever I feel like I need some ‘me-time’ I love to curl up with a good book. Whether I make my self a coffee and sit on the sofa, run myself a bath and light some candles, or just have an early night and go to bed, I love to take a book along with me and enjoy some really escapism.

What books are on your Christmas Wish List?


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