Books Vs E-Books

We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too. ” The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

Reading a book helps someone to understand who they are and how they are to behave. They show them what community and friendship mean, they show them how to live and die.

With the growing modernisation, books have evolved themselves as well. As they still remain in the hands of the reader but are on the screen and no longer on the paper. 20 or 30 years from now, there’s going to be some gizmo thats kids carry around in their back pocket that has everything in it- including our books, if they want. This quote by Micheal S. Hart truely substantiate the current scenario.

Browsing a book store or library is a  way better experience than browsing any online equivalent. From the time papers were invented and came to public, people have been using papers to make books. Reading books gives an immense pleasure of leaving and entertainment.

E-books have been with the public a third of a century now, though most are probably barely aware of them, if at all.

Most of them are still available free of charge on the Net and a few are available for perhaps an average of $75 each from several companies selling mainly to libraries with an entire collection of a million books or more.

From the beginning paper have been the soul means of historical documentation and recording of the stories as to be passed down through the generations.

I am sure there were people who said, ‘ I will never give up cassetts in favour of CD’s.’ But of course, they had no choice. Eventually cassetts disappeared and everyone had to migrate to digital music.

These few points will surely clear the fact that though e-books readers have become a more common right around town, traditional books still have their evangelists.

A person can truly own a book

 Martiner Adler said there is one way of owning a book which is the proper right you establish by paying for it but this act of purchase is only the prelude to possession. Whereas e-books allow a person to have some kind of a property right, though this is still a very different kind of property right from owning a book.

In one case the ownership is virtual and even revocable. In the other case the ownership is physical and irrevocable.

A book offers an experience

 Books are a tactile experience. An e-book reduces books to merely words. Whereas a printed book maintains that a book is far more than words. It is an experience and an object as well. Meanwhile An e-book reduces a book to just its words, it strips out any sort of tactile experience, and makes turning a page that same experience as playing a video game or shuffling music.

A book is a single-tasking device

A book is inherently opposed to multi-tasking. There is very little that can be done while reading a book and it never seeks to distract its reader. The e-book on the other hand, tends toward distraction. The devices we use to read our e-books are rarely single-function or, perhaps more correctly, are tending away from single-function.

Book give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.

Books don’t change people, paragraphs do, sometimes even the sentences.

So just grab a book and enjoy your excursion as book lovers never go to the bed alone.

By @PrarthnaGrover

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MOMENTOUSNESS OF BOOKS

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. This statement by George R.R. Martin truely justifies the importance of books in today’s scenario. They say that ”when you open a book , you open a new world. I believe that everyone would agree with this statement as books have become inevitable to mankind.I myself have seen the noteworthiness of books at a rise. To some newspaper is their first thing they read as soon as they get up in the morning and to some reading a book is their first priority when they get up and last thing before they sleep. A book to them is like a bestfriend who will never walk away from them and is never a failing companion.

Books have been there for centuries and without them the knowledge of our past ancestors, the information of the cultures and the civilizations would have been impossible. I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book as they are uniquely portable magic. To many it relates to their characters or situations while to some books take them to a different world and very comfortably changes their mindset.

Books have become important as they are the source of knowledge and wisdom which helps the person, advice them and shows the path in darkness to light. Books play an essential role in an individual’s life. They demand nothing and in return gives you immense joy. They tone up your intellectual taste and make a person’s outlook broad. They console when a person is depressed and encourage when a person is defeated.

Well-read man is a person who is loved and praised by all. He is a store house of information. He knows something of everything and can be a really good talker as well.

You can’t buy happiness but you can buy books and that’s kind of a same thing. What can earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book and a cup of coffee. So just grab a book and good luck for your new journey in a new world of imagination.

By Prarthna Grover 

REVIEW “The Secret Life of Bees”by Sue Monk Kidd

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Set in the troublesome times of the 1960 Civil Rights Movement is the troublesome story of Lily Owens.  After the death of her mother she is raised by the black housemaid Rosaleen on her dad’s peach farm. Whilst Rosaleen tries to bring love and happiness into Lily’s life her dad, whom she only calls T.Ray because “he’s not much of a Daddy figure” resents, ignores and abuses her.

A series of events leads the fourteen years old Lily to run away together with Rosaleen.  The only thing Lily has from her Mother are two silk gloves, a picture of her and a mysterious picture of a black Mary that seems to be coming from Tiburon, South Carolina. Led by this picture the two set out to Tiburon and find the black Mary on a honey label which shows them the way to the pink beekeepers house.August and her sisters June and May. They take Lily and Rosaleen in and in this safe place Lily finally starts to flower.Finds friends, love and worth.

Which seems to good to be true. And somehow it is, considered, that a young white girl lives with three black sisters in a time where racial discrimination is daily business and runaway daughters are most likely searched for.

The author Sue Monk Kidd somehow manages to combine these two sides in one humorous and poetic novel. Her style of writing is clear and somewhat lighthearted even though the subject is not. Still the book isn’t missing a true meaning. Mostly delivered through the conversations with August in the book it talks about forgiveness, oneself and others and ultimately about love.

Wiyanna Markowis

Review: “My Sisters Keeper” by Jodi Picoult

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“I understand, you were invisible too” is not something you want to hear a thirteen years old girl say about parent- children relationships. But that is exactly how Anna Fitzgerald feels. Invisible. Her older sister Kate suffers from a rare form of Leukemia and Anna’s fetus was carefully selected to match her older sister, so that she could donate the blood of her umbilical cord. Or better, so that her parents could donate her umbilical cord. Now thirteen years later Anna has not only donated her umbilical cord but bone marrow, Lymphocytes, blood, tissue and is supposed to donate her kidney, but she doesn’t want to, so she goes to court.

The book follows this legal process over two weeks. As Jodi Picoult writes the book from different perspectives, we not only hear Anna’s inner Voice but also that of her Mother who fights like a lion to keep Kate alive and suffers from the circumstance that she herself is not able to provide what Kate needs. We get to meet Brian, Anna’s father who is lost between what is right and what is wrong, what is morally, what ethically correct. A firefighter at home and in his Job. We meet Jesse, Kate’s and Anna’s older brother who struggles to find his own place. He is neither the one who needs saving nor is he the savior so who is he in this family? We get to meet Anna’s attorney and some more characters.

Through this style of writing Jodi Picoult manages to show the complexity of this family drama. She shows that no matter who is talking and how different the opinions are, in his way everyone is somewhat right and tries to do his best.

During the conversations in the book it becomes clear that behind every obvious explanation lay many hidden reasons. Reasons that are sometimes so unexpected, that they leave the reader surprised. As does the ending of the book which is so extraordinary I wouldn’t believe anyone who  says he had guessed it from the beginning.

 

Wiyanna Markowis

Review “Committed” by Elizabeth Gilbert

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Spoiler alert for anyone who hasn’t read “Eat, Pray, Love” (by the way: what are you doing with your life if you have not yet read “Eat, Pray, Love?)

At the ending of “Eat, Pray, Love” We see Liz slowly falling in love with her brazilian lover Felipe. We meet them again at Dallas Airport in the United States where Felipe is refused to enter the country ever again unless they manage to get a more secure visa, which means a fiancée visa followed by a marriage. For the both of them who vowed never to marry again this is just a little bit problematic but as Liz puts it she loves Felipe so much she “would even marry” him. What a romantic proposal…

As Felipe has no business whatsoever without being allowed into the U.S. and they don’t want to separate they set out to spend their waiting time in different countries in Asia in the hope, that their financial resources will last long enough. Whilst Felipe just tries (and struggles) to get comfortable in their new situation Liz tries (and struggles) to get to know everything about marriage to find a way to be happy about their “sentence to wed”. She takes us along on that journey humorously discussing the different aspects about marriage, how it changed over time and still is different depending on which corner of the world you visit. What the book misses in description of the places they visit is compensated with insightful revelations about matrimony.

No matter if you are already married, planning on getting married or never want anything to do with this business at all, this book will make you laugh and see many “natural” perceptions  you might have about the subject of holy matrimony in a completely different light. It is definitely worth a read!

Wiyanna Markowis

REVIEW “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo

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Some people don’t like reading old dusty classic books. Some people don’t like reading very long books. Well, the book “Les Miserables” is both of these things and still I would recommend you to read it. The book follows (admittedly with some detours) the life of Jean Valjean. A man who was convicted to galley “service” for stealing a loaf of bread.

After finishing his sentence and being out on parole he realizes bitterly, that even though he served his sentence for society he always will be convicted. The book follows him on his journey through the Paris and France of the beginning of the 19th century as he tries to turn his life towards the good.

This search for good plays out over more than one thousand pages. The author deliberately decides to leave the main storyline several times in such a way that the book becomes more like a long walk in a park than a thrilling rollercoaster ride, a phenomenon that lacks in many of the modern day novels. He slows down the pace of everyday life and reveals that even though the book was written more than 150 years ago many of aspects are still true today. Victour Hugos book “Les Miserables” has been called the conscience of the 19th century. And he can also be called the conscience of the 21th century for that matter.  In his work he shows, that there is a higher moral than the social standards and laws of the moment. Good and bad can not always be rightfully decided in front of a court. And how judgment can be true for eternity.

Maybe we should take this point of view on some of the things that happen in today’s day and age… How will our, nowadays ‘accepted’ and ‘right’ actions, be judged upon in 150 years when our self centered reasons no longer matter and the only thing that is remembered are the consequences of our actions.

Wiyanna Markowis

Book Review- ‘SOLD’ by Patricia McCormick

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Lakshmi  is a thirteen years old “hill girl” from a small mountain village in rural Nepal. She lives together with her mother, stepfather, a small goat and a small baby brother in a hut that can not protect them from the rain. Nonetheless she and her mother excel at finding the simple pleasures in live even if the step father gambles away all their money every night… A bad man is better than no man. After a especially rainy monsoon that washed away all of the family’s crops Lakshmi’s stepfather tells her that she’ll have to go to the city and find a job as a maid to support the family. With the picture of gaining enough money to buy a tin roof Lakshmi willingly agrees and is thankful that she can help her Ama.

What she doesn’t know is, that her new Auntie Bimla never intended to find her a job as a maid. Instead she brings young Lakshmi to happiness house in India. Lakshmi faces an unbelievable fate: she has been sold into child prostitution.

Patricia McCormick who worked together with Amnesty International and Survivors themselves manages to write a nearly poetic book about a traumatic experience. The book is written in Lakshmi’s voice as she writes down daily what happens. How she is treated, used and betrayed but also how she finds friends and laughter and in the end a ray of hope.

This book raises awareness for a fate that happens to young girls every day. Sexual trafficking is not some made up horror but day to day reality. And through reading the book and being aware of this violation of human rights is the first step to change. As Eli Weisel said, ”Let us remember: what hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.”

 

Wiyanna Markowis