Books in Malaysia
Books have always been viewed as one of the most traditional and reliable sources of knowledge. Many people in this modern day in and age in Malaysia may use the Internet as a source of knowledge and a learning point to learn and understand many new things, but in the past where the Internet was not such a prominent thing, books were the go-to source instead. However, not all books are a source of knowledge, they are also mediums in which we can derive entertainment from as well.
Forms of books were made ever since the first civilization could write in their own language (in characters or glyphs). Mediums such as scrolls or manuscripts were many of the world's first forms of books. Today books come in several printed forms, such as paperbacks or hardcovers – there are also digital e-books today.
Here are some of the different types of the books published in today's world:
Novels are a specific type of books whose primary objective is to tell a story to the reader, a narrative. Novels usually carry fictional stories that may come from a variety of genres. Novel-type books mainly serve as an entertainment of sorts for the reader. Popular genres of novels today: romance, science-fiction, horror, thriller.
Some authors may write novels about a single character with many different adventures such as Harry Potter, or the story may be part of a larger universe on a whole such as the stories written for the Star Wars franchise.
A biography is a written and detailed description of a person's life. It may be written to cover selected parts of a person's life, but it is mostly written to describe a person's entire life (or most of it). Unlike the general understanding that a biography contains only the data of the person such as their names and birthplace, a biography is a retelling of a persons life in book form for people to read. Because it is a description of a person's life, biographies are non-fiction.
An autobiography is a biography that is written by the person themselves who wishes to share the world; whereas an authorized biography is one that is written with the permission and cooperation of the participating person.
Photobooks are pretty self explanatory, they are basically books which contain high quality photographs that are printed into the pages. These photos feature idols and artists, both male and female, in amny different poses and costumes or outfits. Although photobooks contain mainly photos, there are also shorter bits of texts that act as descriptions. A short paragraph that serves as an introduction is also commonly present in the book.
E-books are not a type of book genre, but it is more of a physical form of a book that has been on the rise in recent years. E-books are basically digital books that are downloaded and read through the use of an e-book reader, a slim tablet-like device with e-ink paper displays which look like real paper.
E-books (and its readers) are good for the environment in the long term because it reduces the use of paper, and it is also convenient to use as it is able to carry a large number of books in its slim size. It also has lower costs than buying a printed book, but it loses on the feel of the paper which avid readers prefer.