Books and Magazines
I used to say I was a book lover...a bookworm...a bookish...anything that would describe me as a person who likes books. That was during my student days wherein I preferred buying books than borrowing. Then reading them at home. Well, probably i was just a studious person back then. I was only 6 years old when my aunt would ask me to read every after class. She even let me memorized a chapter in a book and then recited it in front of the class. Years went by, I still loved buying books, but I tend to pile them up on our shelves, sometimes without finishing a chapter. I tend to forget or kinda I'd get busy doing something else. Then I would remember when I had to browse or look up on something which would be needed in our school.
I don't sell them no matter how old they are because they're precious for me. I do believe they'll be useful in the future. I used to share some of the textbooks in high school and college and whenever one was not returned, I would buy another one though I already graduated. They were still very helpful in my job.
Aside from books, I love buying and collecting magazines, too. There, I get new info about anything that interests me. I started with fashion magazines when I got my 1st job. Then, I shifted to home and décor magazine when I got interested in interior decorating. I even dreamed of being an interior decorator, unfortunately I hadn't finish my course. I also bought wedding magazines when i got fascinated to wedding gowns. When I got pregnant and until now, I usually get information in parenting and baby magazines. Though I have my mom and some oldies with me who shares their knowledge in parenting, sometimes I find them too traditional which is not applicable nowadays. The magazines somehow helps me with the latest information about parenting, which I share with them also. I also buy other magazines alternately with parenting such as health magazine, good housekeeping, food magazine, and the discovery mag which is more on environment and the planet. My mom used to subscribed to readers digest for 2 years. Our latest subscription was the discovery magazine.
After reading, I share the magazines or books with friends then stack them all in my shelf for future references. I believe my son will be able to use them in the future. Probably during that time, I've set up our home library. How about you..what book do you read and how do you take care of them?
Some Books and Mags CollectionClick thumbnail to view full-size
Living in the Techie World
I know that ebooks started a long time ago. Maybe that was even before i was born. When i was college, i became interested in buying novels in ebook format, however, the novels didn't reach me. When i came to know kindle, i got fascinated that i found ways to download some of the free books it offers. As technology upgraded, Ebooks became popular (that even kids can have access on it). When the ipads and tablets or even high end phones became capable of storing many files for such thing. Thus, some students no longer bring books or notebooks, instead, they use their phones or laptop or ipads in taking notes and/or reading books. In this regard, the sale of books or magazines in paper format was affected. Hence publishing companies were affected. Although libraries and bookstores are still there, publishers found a way to survive from the techie world. They hired professionals that could work with them for their books or magazines to be available in any gadget. Another great way to earn aside from easy access to a more subscribers anywhere in the world.
E-books or Paperbound? The Choice is Yours
In my own opinion, the publishers of either books or magazines are competitive so aside from taking the opportunity to earn through electronic platforms, they also want to reach their subscribers in a fast and easy way (as I have mentioned above). So the availability of online articles, novels etc arise. Some says its better to avoid much clutter at home and/or dust that accumulates on stack of books. On the other hand, some people still prefers the paperbound type. They say that reading using gadgets (phone, tablet, ipad, laptop or pc) would result to poor eyesight because of the radiation. Maybe, true enough. I, myself, noticed that when i started using the computer for researches (rather than going to libraries), I started having a problem with my vision. Now I am nearsighted. But I don't blame the technology for that. I guess that still depends on the person. Some people with poor eyesight says they got it for reading pocketbooks even at the dark. My reaction was: hey!! How could you read in the dark? Oh well... Maybe it wasn't really dark. Maybe there was a dim light.
I am not pro or anti books in tech platform. I am not a techie person by the way. But I agree that technology is a fast way to find something (in this case, a story or article) that you are looking for. Nevertheless, I still love reading on paperbound. As I've said, I've been dreaming of having my own library at home. A computer or other gadget may come in handy but maybe after a few months or years, I would be afraid of losing contents because of the virus, etc. Paperbound books or magazines are safe on viruses. But maybe not on termites.
So, whichever you choose, an extra care is needed to have your reading materials last for a life time.
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