Do people still read these days? Do people even have the time to read? Are books being phased out by the Internet?
Answers: Yes, probably no, and I hope to hell not.
People do still read these days, but what are they perusing? Magazines still continue to be very popular, with hundreds starting up and going defunct every year. Books seem to be doing okay, though conversations would seem to indicate that fewer people are reading books.
Perhaps it’s our busy society that’s causing the downfall of book reading. People like to have their information in small chunks, and magazines supply this. Magazines are also visual, and people love pretty pictures. But I think this is a shame.
I’ve always been an avid book reader, though I’ve backed off a little bit since my two Hardy Boys a day habit back in the sixth grade. To me, books have always appealed because they completely submerge me in a different place, culture, and/or even time. Books have more depth to them than an article in a magazine and provide me with more of the background information I’m seeking.
But books have their downsides too. Some are long, some are boring, some are badly written, many are all three. They’re also damn expensive to buy.
I love the actions of going into a bookstore and browsing the shelves. The smells, the inventively designed covers, and the “Ah ha!” moment of discovering a book I’ve long heard about but never read, all contribute to my love of the bookstore.
Love to hear what the rest of y’all think about books. Love ’em, hate ’em, indifferent? Why?