Printed vs Electronic Books


I always fond of books, as you can see from soo many book reviews that I have written in this blog. However, the latest changes in book-selling business in Indonesia started to change my habbits. Two notable changes are the Google Book and Telkomsel Billing Service. This enables me to just download the book from the Net legally.

What you preferes, buying printed or electronic book? As for me, there are some cases where I prefer to buy printed on. I tries to summarize it as follows:

When to Buy Printed Books

  • A reference book that included many technical or mathematical details. I found myself not fond of reading such books even in my Tab.
  • Photography or design books. Well, I have to admit that this kind of books are more enjoyable to displayed in my office or bookshelves.
  • When you get a money :mrgreen:. Yes, printed book cost more. Softcover or paperback version durability are low so I prefer the hardcover one when buying books, which are, sadly, more expensive.
  • Magazine.

When to Buy Electronics Books

  • Novel. Well, there are not many novel that I read more than once (I even don’t bother to read some of them *sigh*). So why I have to buy it just to makes my bookshelves more cramed?
  • Chicken soup style books.
  • Books with small amount of picture.
  • When you found your pocket is sort of cash :mrgreem:

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What to do when burnout comes?


In this current semester, my workload are unusually high. In the last three months I often work from early morning and finished late night. I teach so many classes (On average, I teach 10 classes a week. In one particular busy week I had to teach 20 of them!). I also do two research project and have to supervises ten students. Some of them are ‘unique’ so I have to gave them more attention.

At the first month of the semester, I was fine. I am able to cope with all the job. However, in the past week, I found something wrong with my body and mind. I, strangely, don’t really care anymore about some of my job. I was very tired and sleep is not enough to vanquish it. I found my creativity dropped and my concentration is worse than ever. So, I decided to find out what is wrong with me on the Internet. And..

I think I am burned out.

Before we talk more about burnout, let we look at some definition of burnout:

Burnout is a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaustion and diminished interest in work. Burnout has been assumed to result from chronic occupational stress (e.g., work overload). – Wikipedia

There are many signs of burnout, some of them are:

  • Negative attitude and thinking
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Lack of concentration
  • Apathy towards your work, chores, and other tasks. Simple case: ignoring your mess and daily routine.
  • Feelings of stagnation.
  • A lack of interest in social activities.
  • Unhealthy eating and exercise habbit.
  • Feeling like you’re never doing enough.
  • Neglecting your own need.
  • Putting the needs of others ahead of your own.
  • Personal values and beliefs lose their importance.
  • Short temper.
  • Constant exhaustion.
  • Feelings of inefficacy.
  • Feelings of detachment from what you care about.
  • Boredom.
  • Psychosomatic complaints, such as headaches, lingering colds, and other issues with a cause that’s difficult to identify.
  • The denial of these feelings. (At least I doesn’t have the last syndrome :mrgreen:. )

So, what you do when you feels like this? Perhaps I will take a little break and reassess my life goals and hang out with my friends and family (I rarely saw them this semester).

Related Links:
LifeHacker: Burnout is Real
Forbes: Signs You are Burning Out
MindTools: Recovering from Burnout