There’s great news for people who prefer real books over e-readers

Naomi Baron, American University linguistics professor and author conducted a series of cross-cultural studies with her colleagues asking college students around the world if they preferred electronic or hardcopy books. A whopping 92% said they preferred the latter. Reading physical books affects the brain differently than reading digitally.

It’s International Book Giving Day on Valentine’s Day!

Comrades, there’s a better reason to celebrate the month of love, and it’ does not bite.

February 14 is not just Valentine’s Day, but it’s also the International Book Giving Day(!), in which we just don’t give roses to love ones, but likewise do make it more meaningful by giving physical books to our sweethearts. It’s a lovely way to celebrate the season of love! 

International Book Giving Day has continued to grow & grow. In 2014, International Book Giving Day was celebrated by people in Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Macedonia, Malawi, Hungary, Malaysia, Israel, Denmark, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan, China, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria.

How to get involved?


Though the International Book Giving Day initiative is primarily aimed at inspiring children to read, one might think that it could also (possibly!) be for us, grownups, because we can always be kids at heart!

The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.