Reading as a means of lifelong learning

Reading is a hobby that I have enjoyed since my school days. Through reading, I have gained much pleasure and also learned a lot of additional knowledge which are not taught in schools. Knowledge is power and books are an essential means to the acquisition of information and knowledge.

Life is like a book

We all started to learn the moment we were born. Besides using our five senses, much of our learning are done through the reading of books. Reading is definitely a worthwhile hobby to keep as it can start as early as three years old and continued till the end of our life journey!

Hence, an avid reader is most probably also a book lover and collector. A showcase of book titles at home is also likely to be one of the most valued and treasured life possessions of any serious reader. When one feels lonely and helpless at times, these books can well be the best companions they can find as they not only can offer solace to the sad soul, but they also allow one to vent their frustrations with absolutely no complaints.

To me, I have regarded my book collections as my life-long companions as most of them have been with me for decades and I am still reading them, over and over again. Believe it or not, each new read of the same favourite book never fail to miraculously offer new insights and a different perspective of the same issue to me!

When I first pick up my reading hobby in my primary school days, I started by reading fairy tales and fiction books written by Enid Blyton, the Nancy Drew series, Hardy Boy series and later books from Agatha Christie and Charles Dickens……..

As I move on to secondary school and tertiary institutions, I started to read novels and non-fiction books related to people behaviour, the science of everyday life and self-help books that includes various DIY (Do-it-yourself) tasks that are commonly performed at home.

As I enter the labour force, I started to read books about economics, politics and marketing techniques as I am gradually exposed to these topics at my workplace. After I got married, I started to read about family-life matters and later on child rearing techniques after my son comes along.

With my wide reading regimes, I come to realise how huge the world is and how tiny each one of us is. No matter how much I read, the little extra knowledge I gain each time is only a small drop from the vast ocean. Hence, I strongly believe that reading and learning should not stop for as long as I want to lead a meaningful life. For that, I am really thankful for the easy access to public libraries within our community so I have no worries of getting short of books to read!With the advent of the world wide web and e-learning, the learning process is now made even easier and hassle-free with the introduction of eBooks for our learning. Ever since the eBook era started less than a decade ago, its level of popularity and acceptance by people all over the world had grown tremendously. However, while the electronic book can serve as a substitute for the conventional paper books, its role may slowly but surely move up to complement some important categories of paperbacks such as dictionaries and directories, just to name a few.

An eBook is an electronic copy of a book. You can start reading an eBook as soon as you’ve paid for it, so there is no waiting for delivery. eBooks also offer the convenience of size and portability; you can store your entire library on a laptop or other device.

In order to read an eBook, you need to download a small piece of free software known as an eBook reader. eBooks come in different formats and each format has its own reader software. The format you select will depend upon your operating system (Windows, Mac, etc) and whether you would like to read on a hand held device or on your computer.

I have recently tried reading eBooks and am totally amazed by the many advantages it has over conventional printed books such as the quick updates and portability conveniences.

You can download ebooks to computers, dedicated eBook devices, PDAs and mobile phones. Alternatively, you can also read books online, from any computer, anywhere, without downloading or installing anything. You can view some eBook related information on

However, being a technical gadget, it somehow just simply does not come with the emotional attachment I can develop with printed books. As such, like it or not, I will surely continue to buy and read printed books for many years to come!

The printed books in my life-long collection can definitely form part of my estate when my life journey reaches its destination. These precious books I have collected all my life can then be passed on to future generations for them to continue learning from the wisdom of their ancestors.


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