I Pledge To Read The Printed Word

Alannah Evans
Former Student & Staff Writer
Article originally published December 2011

Over the past decade, technology has advanced faster than the blink of an eye. It seems like every day, companies are inventing new technology that could potentially make our lives easier. Technology seems to be replacing everything that is considered “old fashioned,” including simple paperback or hardcover books. Ever since e-readers have come on the market, book sales – especially in used books stores – have plummeted, forcing many book stores that have been around for years out of business.

As much as e-readers are useful in the sense that you do not have to literally carry twenty books if you want to read twenty books; but what is better than a good old book with paper that is bound together for your reading pleasure? Instead of having a collection of books on your bookshelf, you could have your own personal library in the palm of your hand. People who have always called themselves bookworms are having trouble getting familiar with the idea of reading books from a screen. Most prefer opening the books and turning the pages with their very own hands, once in a while catching the scent of the printed pages, and truly appreciating the work of the author and publisher

The experience of reading a bound book is more rewarding than holding an electronic device.

All across the globe, many are beginning to gain awareness of this arising problem and have started to take action. A movement called “I pledge to Read the printed Word” has recently begun in order to help raise awareness of the fact that one day, book stores will be hard to locate, and even obsolete. There are many banners on several social networking websites advertising this movement, with a logo that is sure to get their point across. Although e-readers are convenient and a new technology, many feel that printed books give the reader a better reading experience. No matter the story, there is one advantage that printed books have over e-books: printed books will never run out of batteries.


Posted on December 16, 2013, in Opinion, Student Life and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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