How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently
Melissa Chu

An excellent article, I have only one disagreement and I am certain that it is a personal one. I was a reader almost before I could talk, I was deaf for almost nine years of my life and books were my only contact with the outside world. I am now 70 years old and have been an avid reader for sixty five of those years. I read and enjoy almost every style of writing. The introduction of paper-back books was to me the greatest invention in books since the printing press. I still remember the very first paper-back novel that I ever purchased, it was an ACE double, in other words two novels in one book and the cost was thirty-five cents (Canadian). The author of both novels was Andre Norton one of the great authors of Science Fiction.

The next amazing invention (for me) was the e-reader. One of my greatest problems with paper books, both hard cover and paper-back, was the availability of an authors complete folio. I would discover a new author that I enjoyed and when I would go to find earlier works by the same author I would find them ‘out of print’. Now with the digital world, if I want to read everything that a popular author wrote, it was available in cyber space. As a business man it was difficult to pack regular books for a business trip, not a problem with an e-reader. The Kobo has developed a method of lighting a novel that present none of the eye/mind problems that you refer to in this article, it is not like reading a novel on a tablet or computer screen were the light comes from behind, with the Kobo the light come from above the printed surface. The other problems of vision or the reduction of same brought on by age are easily handled by the e-reader, something that a printed book can not do.

Now the last advantage with the e-read is since I am retired and disabled my living accommodations have been greatly downsized. In the old days whenever I had to move, the heaviest objects would my collections of books, now I have a library of over twenty-five thousand books and I can take them all with me even to a hospital bed.

Thank You for Your contribution to the world of Books especially vs. Television.

Chris Lansdale

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