“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
In ancient times, before the invention of paper and development of paper industry, there were several methods for the transfer of knowledge to the generations. The chief source for this was the system of academics. Scientists, researchers and philosophers passed the knowledge they get through observation, inquiry and pondering. The art of engraving on stones promoted and improved learning. Engraved writings on the stones depict many ancient historical events and contain information about the scientific disciplines of the specific periods.
With the development of the world and advancement in researches, paper was discovered and people started writing as manuscripts. Gradually, books became the first hand source of getting knowledge and information. These books were valued through generations and rulers at those times highly praised and encouraged writers and researchers. Vast knowledge and information of the sixteenth to twentieth century are preserved in the form of literature.
Ending of the twentieth century and the start of twenty first century, although brought large advancements and comforts to the human lives has deprived us of the most valued heritage of honoring books. E-books got more popularity and books became reserved to bookstores and bookstalls. But the respect for the books is obligatory in any case. Unfortunately, in developing countries like ours, shoes are sold in air-conditioned rooms while booksellers lay books on footpaths along the roadsides. Although, they are old and used versions and available at cheap prices but of course there is some respect for knowledge. Keeping them on footpaths where thousands of people step their foot parallel to them is not really a good idea. Ethically and morally this behavior is not right.
The point of objection here are not the book stalls but the poor administration regarding this issue. Government must set aside some area and proper placing for these books. Many of these books are bestsellers and very much valued with respect to the information and literary viewpoint. Nations who fail to value books are not expected to get to the mark of civilized nations. It is therefore highly important to resolve this issue for good.