By Harvey Tobkes

I vote for books as being more entertaining. Of course, there are good and bad in each category, but overall I prefer books.

Here’s why!… Books stimulate your mind and arouse your imagination. Your mind is thinking without you being aware it is happening. If it is non-fiction, you are probably learning something new, or getting a viewpoint or perspective of the author. Novels may do that and more, because you focus on a character and put yourself in the personality or role the writer created for one of the characters in the story; you can even imagine you are that character. You may try to guess where the plot is going, and if you come across a paragraph or a page that is confusing or brilliant and wise, you can easily re-read it. Perhaps there is a similarity to reversing a DVD, but it is not quite the same.


I could ramble on and on about what I like about books, and let me assure you I am not a snob, as I certainly watch and enjoy TV, especially baseball, football, tennis and basketball. I guess with most of us, it’s a matter of what percentage of your leisure time do you devote to one or the other. But one huge advantage books have, there are no commercials.

P.S. You may ask, how come I did not include the mighty computer as a third category? That’s easy…once you have been bitten by a mouse it’s an addiction, and therefore, an unfair comparison.

Smoking computer

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