We generally use the same parts of the brain no matter the medium, with one crucial exception. And therein lies the rub.
For a large number of practicing Muslims, completing the Quran during Ramadan is an annual goal.
After the war, the library authorities placed advertisements requesting people to return any books from the library that they might have in their possession, but the response was poor. The library's hundred-year-old collection was lost forever.
In addition to all the cognitive benefits associated with reading, reading in your first language has plenty of other benefits, including knowing about your country and countrymen in the language of the land.