1. Books smell awesome.
2. No power cord.
3. Self-contained—no separate device required to play.
4. Small chance of breakage. If a book does break, you can usually repair it with some superglue or tape.
5. Only costs around $10.
6. Easy to lend to friends.
7. Libraries exist. You can get thousands of books for free, in just about every city, right now. Seriously, why aren’t you at a library at this very moment?
8. Easy to hold in many different positions.
9. No screen glare.
10. Doesn’t need to be turned off during airplane takeoff.
11. Cannot be hacked for your personal data.
12. Cannot be used by the government to spy on you.
13. Unlikely to be stolen.
14. Will improve your vocabulary.
15. No moving parts, so it probably won’t entice your cat to swat at it or your dog to bark at it for no reason.
16. Doubles as a pretty paperweight.
17. Makes you look smarter.
18. Makes you actually smarter.
19. Allows you to easily see how far you’ve progressed in reading it.
20. Allows for the use of cute bookmarks.
21. It’s fun to thumb through the pages.
22. The pages make a nice sound when you thumb through them.
23. Old paper and brand new paper both feel nice to the touch.
24. Safe to read in the hot tub, swimming pool, or at the beach.
25. Cannot be harmed by magnets.
26. Looks nice on a shelf—doubles as decoration.
27. Lasts multiple hours.
28. You can highlight your favorite parts so they stand out.
29. You can write in the margins if you have something really important to say back to the book.
30. Ignites your imagination.
31. Can be read aloud and shared as an interactive family activity.
32. Allows you to make up your own character voices. This will entertain your children immensely.
33. Shows how many times you’ve read it by how creased the spine is. A well-creased spine = a book that is your good friend.
34. For old books, you can speculate about who might have read it before you.
35. No such thing as DRM.
36. Thickness of spine is directly proportional to how long it will take to finish. Easy to gauge time investment.
37. Easy to translate into other languages. No need for synchronizing lip flaps or hiring an entire cast of new actors.
38. Can include outlandish people and places without worrying about the special effects budget.
39. No glitches or bugs.
40. Cannot catch a virus.
41. Will probably be okay if you spill coffee on the cover.
42. Unlikely to be “borrowed” and eaten by your toddler.
43. Unlikely to be “borrowed” and not returned by your teenager.
44. Doesn’t need internet access to function.
45. Provides a large amount of face coverage if you’re trying to avoid talking to people.
46. Never asks you to install updates.
47. No commercials or other advertisements.
48. An entire weekend of reading feels like it lasts longer than one spent on something else.
49. You can see what someone else is reading from the cover instead of being a creeper and looking over their shoulder.
50. The scent. For real. This deserves two spots on the list.
51. Because a book involves your imagination, it provides a different experience every time you read it.
Add your own list items in the comments. Do you think books are better than other media? Why or why not?
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