It’s the heavy slide of pages, the unrelenting pressure of a spine — a tome rests inside your bag, burdening it to unexpected pounds. You wince, shifting straps, trying to center the weight. But your efforts ultimately fail, if only because you must add other books to the pile, other journals. You become a tribute to libraries; and the cost is your posture. You shuffle down the sidewalk, hunched and curved. You fear your bag will surely break from this strain… if your back doesn’t first.
There can be no denying your love of books. You enjoy indulging in the scent of dust and ink, the texture of letters. But these same sensations can prove troubling when they must be tugged down the street. You devote more time to carrying the materials than to reading them.
And college is already far too hectic to spare so many seconds for pain.
It is recommended therefore that all students understand the value of electronic sources (more commonly named e-books). These materials allow you to upload all words into your computer, enabling you to research as you wish without suffering from the stacks of pages. This offers you the freedom to move as you need and still receive the same information.
E-books also can provide enhanced learning experiences — with certain elements of text highlighted, linked to other sources and explanations. This keeps you from having to chase down all notations, trying to locate the needed sources. They are simply found within the material itself. No time will be wasted with unnecessary clarifications, fumbling with journals and archives.
E-books provide a viable alternative to the common fare. Students wishing to ease the burden of tomes should utilize them — refusing the endless trudges and hefty pounds (the unfortunate effects of almanacs). All sources can be placed instead within a screen, rendering research a far simpler thing.
It is a revolution of pages. It is the refusal of weight.