Why I read physical books

Because sometimes when you need advice and don’t have a steady stream of intelligent network to tap on, books are the next best thing. They are well research, well structured (some good books), well thought out, and have gone through an intensive process where multiple people (editors and publishers) have read the material. Best of all, it comes at a price of a few coffees.

Because many articles published online are written by inexperienced authors whose content may not be well researched and backed up by empirical evidence, too short to trigger deep thought, may be fake, or simply a waste of time. Again, going through a publisher prevents this.

Because I’m able to learn vicariously through the author’s success and struggle in about 5-15hrs. As compared to working hard in figuring out maxims all by myself, I’m able to curate through generous authors’s experiences.

Because a library of books serves as my advisor during difficult times. Or those long sleepless nights where there’s no one to call.

Because I’m a slow learner and I learn better when left to read the material at my own pace on a physical book. I’ve tried using a Kindle, despite it’s pros of storing hundreds of books (imagine carrying 10 hardcover books!) and ability to highlight and export notes away, my ability to learn from a physical book vs digital far outweighs the convenience.

Because I can dog ear the pages and write my own notes longhand on the paper. It’s tactile and flexible. Doodling requires no additional software or skill.

Because it’s offline. No notifications to distract me. No social media updates. No text messages. No prompts or whatsoever. No moving objects. No narration. Just words and pictures on the book and my mind. Particularly useful when doing reading at night or when feeling overwhelmed. Also, I love the smell of paper.

Because it looks good on my bookshelf. A quick glance over to my bookshelf offers instant recollection of things I’ve learnt from the books (even if I only absorbed 1%, it’s a lot).

Because books triggers my imagination, either through inspiring pictures, quotes, or well written paragraphs.

Simply because it’s not electronic. I spend around 6-10 hours in front of a digital device almost every single day and it feels good to get away from it.

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