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Reading Is Not History

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According to Andrew Haslam, a book is a portable container consisting of a series of printed and bound pages that preserves, announces, expounds, and transmits knowledge to a literate readership across time and space. Experience informs us that the simple act of reading necessitates the seeking of stillness, of quiet. Books enable readers to patiently listen to the voice of the author speaking from within their own minds. Books also allow readers to pause and consider, tinker or question an abstract idea or even a chain of ideas. Each book we've read and placed on the bookshelf is a time capsule of our emotions, ideas and states retrievable years and decades from now. Wardah believes that the humble book is a technology unto itself, more than that, it is a system, perhaps a pedagogy, that moulds minds that reflect and ruminate, rooted in a continuum spanning the breadth of human civilization. E-reading devices and their ilk are all caricatures of the printed book. People who read on screens find themselves scanning more than reading, and hyperlinking rather than thinking. And with the 'integration' of social media in reading devices, the mind would be compelled to spiral down the gurgling sinkhole of trivial distraction.

We ask you, dear reader, to realise that you have the choice of not drowning in a deluge of data and dispersion.

Choose a medium that does not consume you.

Choose to read a book.

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