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8 Realistic Reasons Why Reading Old Books is Good

Apurva Neurgaonkar Jun 18, 2019
There are many people who prefer new books to old ones, because they think that new books are better. But the fact is, the opposite is true, more often than not.

They Have Stood the Test of Time

Ideas come and go, but only the best ideas are the ones that stand out. According to C.S. Lewis, as a writer, he would rather want a reader to read an old book than a new one as the new one is still under trial and the reader is amateur to judge it.
His thoughts - "Often it cannot be fully understood without the knowledge of a good many other modern books. If you join at eleven o'clock a conversation which began at eight you will often not see the real bearing of what is said".

They Help Us Open Up More to Different Perspectives

Each generation has its own perspectives, preconceptions and ways of talking to the world. When we read old books, it helps us gain new perspectives and ways to look at things.
They acting like a time machine which transports us to that period, and we could apply that newly gained 'Point of View' of that time in our current situation.

They are Cheaper

Old books usually cost lesser in comparison, and at times are available even for free at book stores, thrift shops, or book fairs.

Quality is Better

The title is self-explanatory. What makes a book a classic? If a book is being read even 50 years after it was published, then it's a classic, and surely good.

They Help You Know Your Past

Classic novels teach a lot about a particular time in history while we are enjoying present times.

Easily Available

We have a better chance of finding old classics in a library, rather than new ones with waiting lists for them.

They Don't Discriminate Against Age

Old books are for everyone and not for a particular age group. You need not be a child to enjoy books written for kids. Cinderella can still be your favorite nighttime read as an adult.

They Smell So Good

The smell of old books is just too good. Don't you just love the almondy vanilla-like smell as you bury your nose into the pages of an old classic?