A book provides the most cost effective means for
spreading education and literacy for it is available at a fraction of the cost
of a computer. Moreover being extremely portable and handy it is not dependent
on any external factors like availability of power supply, software, and space
that are the essential prerequisite for a computer. To go through the contents
of a book, the two basic ingredients required are time and inclination. It can be read at any time of the day or night and anywhere like
while traveling or even while dozing off to sleep.
Reading a book does not cause any physical discomfort or eye strain while the same cannot be said for while reading the contents of a computer.
We are all aware of the hazards of back pain and eye strain caused by the long stretch of viewing a computer screen.
Another factor for the book is the high degree of respectability and faith commanded by the written word.
Thus, while we may see or hear an event on our computer terminal there is nothing better than to confirm the same from a newspaper or a book.
Besides helping in
spreading education to the masses, a book plays an important role in developing
our power of expression and the generation of new ideas and thoughts which help
in molding our personality.
A computer thus can never replace a book. The convenience and conviction offered by a book can never be possible through a computer. Moreover being a machine it is liable to breakdown whereas error factors are nonexistent while we read a book.