Books: Buy, Rent, Borrow or …… Download

I guess many of die-hard book lovers may not like the last mode “Download” which is referring to reading books online or many of the Kindle type book reading devices, but it is a reality of this world. After all, this blog is also possible only because of power of Internet. I wanted to write about the way people acquire books and use them and also talk about what is my preferred mode. I would also like to hear from other readers about their preferred mode and why.

As a kid, we normally borrow books from friends or neighbors or get them as gifts on various occasions. There is never enough pocket-money to buy all the books we want to read. So all the kids share their books with each other. Other than borrowing, we also try to find out a local book renting library and we all must have read hundreds of books from such libraries. Typically, school holidays was the time when such libraries were very useful.

As we grow up and start earning, we start buying books on our own more often. Now we own the books, read them and keep them with us. There is a different kind of pleasure in reading a fresh new book which has never been opened before. We can never get that pleasure in a library book. But what do we do after we finished reading a book. Do we keep it for reading it again later? Do we keep it and never read it? Do we give it as gift or sell it back? I guess everybody will have different preferences. I have felt that keeping all the books that I purchase is not a good idea. Very soon books start taking over all the space in your house. And if you need to shift your house then packing and unpacking of books can be back-breaking. If I am sure that I am not going to read that book again, I prefer to sell it back to some second-hand book store or gift it to somebody. But there are books that I don’t want to give back because I keep them for future reading again and again.

Renting a book does not work for me because then you need to read it in fixed time and it becomes work instead of pleasure. On the other hand sometimes you may end up buying books but not read them. That is almost a crime and in some cases I am also guilty of it.

The new concept of book reading is download and read it on monitor. It is easy, cheaper, light-weight but it is not a book. Somebody may say what is the difference, it is the same content as in the real book. I agree, the content is same but it is still not a book. Hard to explain but very strong feeling.


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2 responses to “Books: Buy, Rent, Borrow or …… Download

  1. sg

    Now that I am not getting much chance at home to pick up a “book” and read, I have tried reading online in my leisure time at office. I atleast don’t have the burden to finish it because I have n’t spent money on it. Also, I don’t see the need/ desire of reading the complete book. I read only what I feel like reading. But this website of my office has limited collection.. I don’t find “fiction” there. Mostly business books or motivational books and truly reading fiction is best enjoyed with a “book” in hand after the end of the workday when there is truly no one to bother you..!


    • pkg

      That tends to happen when we read or write online. Attention span is less, words get shorter, we want to get more from less reading. Online is good for getting information from the book but really not for reading. But yes, if time is a limit, this is a good second option.


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