Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Why I prefer traditional books

I spend so long on a screen at work that I don't want to resort to a screen in my free time. I love the feel and even the smell of books, the fact that you never have to plug anything in to charge and that the batteries never run out.

Trialling the new Kindle Touch, I found the black and white format uninspiring. When I go to bed I want to look forward to choosing from a pile of books on my bedside table, not a tablet. It's just a turn-off. It doesn't inspire me to read.

While other readers may be piling their mass market disposable Dan Browns and Jilly Coopers onto their tablets for their holidays, I'll be borrowing my choices from friends and family or treating myself to a new paperback, which I can then pass on to others to enjoy.

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