I’m often asked what I think of e-books and e-readers (e.g., Nook, Kindle, Kobo). My answer has always been a rather emotional argument in favor of the real thing, a book made of paper, with a real cover and real pages. My line of thinking has always gone something like this: You can fall in love with a story on an e-reader. But you have a love affair with a book. It’s a very sensual and, to my way of thinking, more meaningful experience.
Well, now science is backing me up. An article by Rachel Grate, published on the Arts.Mic website, reports findings in many studies that suggest reading a real book offers a multitude of healthy benefits, physically and emotionally, that e-reading does not. For example, readers of real books remember much better what they’ve read. Reading a real book reduces stress. And people who read real books tend to be more empathetic in their response to the adversity of others than those who stick with e-books.
Then visit your local independent bookseller and stock up one of life’s greatest elixirs—the written word.