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Digital Books and Paper Books: The Everlasting Dilemma

Everyone is born with a passion towards something. That is the reason why our world is so colorful and full of diversity.

I believe that there is an artistic feature within everyone even if it is not “artistic” in the common way. Painters, musicians, writers, creators, athletes… The list goes on. For me, I have always been fond of words and books. I remember sneaking into the school’s library when I was a little kid whenever I got the chance. I would borrow those colorful books with the pictures and the short stories and take them home when I run out of time. I would also pick books from the shelves of the older kids at school and devour them.

It would not be a lie if I said that every reader shares the fantasy of having a fancy, comfy, secluded reading room that is flooded with books from different eras and genres! Oh, if life could be that sweet! But for now, dedicating a corner for reading in your bedroom should keep you going… Better than nothing, right?

What did technology do? Took over! Oh… Technology… A blessing and a curse. But let us not talk about that for now. All this development and the process of digitising every aspect of our lives has put its hands on books as well and introduced us to the era of digital books! I remember the time when books were made of paper… Papers that you can actually touch. Now, you stare at a screen and call it a book!

How do you like this new invention so far? One thing I am completely sure about: As a true reader, you cannot hate digital books no matter how badly you want to. The silver lining is that they will always be there when you need them, the old books, the new books, and the ones you are considering for the upcoming month! Imagine that you are in a boring place, zoning out and wishing you could have some sort of a superpower and go grab your book… Well… you actually have that superpower… It is one-click away!

Still, I cannot get over the amazing feeling I feel when I grab a book- especially if you just bought it- and sniff it! To feel the texture of the cover and the softness of the inner pages! To feel the heaviness of the book slowly fade away as you go on and on and reach the end- actually that is not an amazing feeling if you got your hand on a great book!-. Well… That is when digital books fail you! You cannot reach this level of connection… – Speaking of which-: What if you are in a place that has no internet connection?… Splendid! You are officially bookless: No paper book and no digital book!

Honestly, the important part is to make sure that you are enjoying a book every now and then. That is food and nourishment to your brain… It does not matter if you read from an actual paper or a digitised one as long as you are reading. And, dear reader, if this article reminded you of mesmerizing books… Know that it would be nice if we could get a book recommendation from you! I cannot wait to read them!

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Umesh Nair

International Executive with focus on Global Growth -20 years working experience in Germany, Singapore, India,Asia, Middle East, Switzerland, Europe across a cultural multi-functional environment.

Specialties: Business Strategy & International partnerships, Global Alliances network in Startup, Technology,Airlines, Aviation, Travel, online travel, E-commerce Business, Luxury Retail, BPO, b2b, ERP Software BusinessDevelopment – Sales, Go to Market, Growth Specialist, Incubation, Entrepreneur in Residence, Senior ClientPartner, Consulting, Market Research – Coleman Research, Lynk Global, Guidepoint, Insight Alpha, GersonLehrman Group.

Mr. Manoj Mehta

Mr. Manoj Mehta, is a Science Graduate and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), practicing as a Chartered Accountant since 1984. He had the great opportunity to complete his article training with M/s. S.V.Ghatalia & Co. (now part of E&Y, one of the big four Consulting Firms in India).

He has got vast experience of 40 years in the profession. His core strength is in the field of Finance, as a Corporate Advisor to public, private and multinational companies in the field of financial planning, raising debt and equity, structuring,  etc. His forte is strategic business and financial planning, compliances, deployment of funds, optimum utilization, budgeting, Preparation and analyzing of qualitative Project feasibility reports, anything and everything related to advising on financial decision making.

He holds trusteeship of a few charitable trust to show his philanthropy side.

He has held leadership roles and has been in the forefront in articulating values and beliefs in a team building approach.

Paul Evans

Dr Paul Evans has a long career in publishing in STM and business sectors since graduating from Oxford University and first working as a computer programmer. He worked for Reed Elsevier in a variety of roles for nearly 25 years (in UK, Netherlands and China) up to, in later years, Senior Vice President at the global headquarters in Amsterdam. He then became Managing Director for SAGE Publishing’s Asia Pacific company at its hub in Singapore for 7 years, doubling its size and performance. Latterly he was for three years Director of Nature Research China with Springer Nature in Shanghai and an adviser to the Chinese government for his industry, and then on return to the UK during Covid he has worked for Maverick Publishing Specialists as a consultant and Charlesworth Publishing Services as Director of Partnerships.

He has also taken a strong interest in education initially as a teacher in Japan, as a lecturer and course leader in Publishing Studies at a Scottish university, and now in working in UK education areas.

Bharath Ramadoss

Head of Production and Operations, has been with Siliconchips since 2015. In his time with us, he has managed a team of dedicated and experienced production team members, both in books, journals development.

A graduate of University of Madras, Bharath has a strong experience in quality, complex workflows in the publishing industry. His skill set includes e-publishing, project and team management, XML and HTML, content development, workflow improvement, and now working closely with technology team and developing various tools and platforms.

He enjoys cricket, and you will find him playing every Saturday.

Becca Mosher

Becca Mosher, US Editorial Project Manager, helped to develop the Siliconchips editorial department in 2015, and her team continues to grow. A graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and University of Missouri – Columbia, Becca has been in the publishing industry since 2007, where she has specialized in e-book project management, editorial management, and editing in a wide variety of styles at all levels, from proofreading to developmental editing. She is proficient in several languages and adept at client relations.

An avid board gamer, Becca teaches different games at a “Learn to Play” night once a week.

Abhijit Pathre

Abhijit Pathre, our Director of Account Management, manages data, accounts, delivery and operations, and maintains client relationships. He is highly experienced in the technology field and possesses excellent communication and problem-resolution skills; prior to joining Siliconchips Services, he was with Hutchison Global Services, working in 3G, and Goldshield Business Solutions, a UK-based Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm.

He leads with a humbleness that compels the team to follow his direction. His firm commitment and his vast fifteen-year experience spanning various industries contribute to his essential role as a member of the Siliconchips Services team in India.

Shahid Chowdhary

Shahid Chowdhary began Siliconchips Services in London in September 2010, with one basic idea: to build an organisation committed to value-based leadership and promoting a culture of trust, transparency, integrity and mutual respect.

Shahid received his graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Srinagar and his post-graduate in Marketing and Finance from NMIMS, Mumbai – both leading engineering and business schools in India and he was certified by Baan in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). He has acquired numerous professional qualifications in innovation, strategy and leadership development throughout his career, including Leadership Management Institute (LMI) in the US and Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) in London. Over the years he has worked with various multinational companies in India, the US and the UK, including engineering, software development and publishing companies.

Shahid is the driving force behind Siliconchips Services; he focuses on new markets, business development, human resources development and planning for the continued growth of the company. He unites his teams across borders, and encourages a cohesive working community to give our clients a professional and pleasant experience with Siliconchips Services.

Over the weekends, Shahid spends time with his two daughters, practicing martial arts, and volunteering at the stables for his love of horses.