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My Hobby (Reading)

   My hobby is reading. Some people think that as more and more people have televisions in their homes, fewer and fewer people will buy books and newspapers.
   Why read an article in the newspaper, when the TV news can bring you the information in a few minutes and with pictures? Why read a novel, when a play on television can tell you1 the same story with colour, picture, and action? Why read the biographies of famous people, when an hour-long television programme can tell you all that you want to know?
   Television has not killed reading, however. Today newspapers and magazines are sold in very large numbers. And books of every kind are sold more than ever before. Books are still a cheap way to get information and entertainment.
   Although some books with hard covers are expensive, many books are published today as paperback books, which are reasonably cheap. A paperback novel, for example, is almost always cheaper than an evening in the cinema or theatre, and you can keep a book forever and read it many times.
   Books at home are a wonderful source of knowledge and pleasure, and some types of books should be in every home. Every home should have dictionaries. Every home should have an atlas of the world, with large maps. A good encyclopedia is useful, too, because there you can find information on any subject.
   In addition, it is useful to have on your bookshelves other inquiry books such as history, science textbooks, cookery books, books about medicine and health, etc.
   It is important to have some fiction on your shelves, too. Then you can relax with a good story, or from time to time you can take a book of poems off your shelf and read the thoughts and feelings of your favourite poets.

Мое хобби (Чтение)

    Мое хобби — чтение. Некоторые думают: чем больше людей имеют в доме телевизор, тем меньше и меньше будут покупаться книги и газеты.
   Зачем читать статью в газете, если телевизионные новости могут дать вам информацию за несколько минут в картинках? Зачем читать роман, если телевизионный спектакль может рассказать вам ту же самую историю, но в цвете, с картинкой и действием? Зачем читать биографии известных людей, если часовая телевизионная программа может рассказать вам обо всем, что вы хотите знать?
   Как бы то ни было, телевидение не уничтожило чтение. Сегодня газеты и журналы продаются в очень больших количествах. И всевозможных книг продается больше, чем когда-либо прежде. Книги все еще являются дешевым источником информации и развлечения.
   Поскольку некоторые книги в твердой обложке дорогие, много книг издается в мягкой обложке, и они дешевые. Роман в мягкой обложке, например, почти всегда обходится дешевле, чем вечер в кино или театре, и вы можете хранить книгу и читать ее много раз.
   Домашние книги — замечательный источник знания и удовольствия, а некоторые виды книг должны быть в каждом доме. В каждом доме должны быть словари. В каждом доме должен быть атлас мира с большими картами. Хорошая энциклопедия полезна тоже, потому что там можно найти информацию обо всем на свете.
   Кроме того, полезно иметь на ваших книжных полках другую справочную литературу, такую как учебники по истории и науке, поваренные книги, книги по медицине, о здоровье и т. д.
   Важно также иметь на полках художественную литературу. Тогда вы сможете расслабиться, читая хороший рассказ; а время от времени с полки можно взять сборник стихов и прочитать мысли ваших любимых поэтов.

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