In this day & age there’s apps for almost everything. And yes, that does include the Amazon Kindle app where you can buy books & download them on your device. Amazon sells Kindles & Barnes & Noble sell Nooks. Being a former Barnes & Noble employee the nooks can range from a small black & white e-reader where you use it strictly for reading to more advanced e-readers where you can download reading material to streaming Netflix. Technology continues to advance at a staggering rate. “Americans bought 751,729,000 books in 2010. Excepting 2008 and 2009 where sales reached 757 million & 777 million, respectively, that’s many millions more books sold than in any other year Bookscan has recorded.” With the risk of coming off weird, I find that tidbit of information comforting. In this rapidly advancing technological age I find it’s great that people are still buying the printed word. Myself included. I’ve had a Nook & where I found that downloading sample chapters in books that I was interested in was useful nothing beats a physical book in your hand.
“Their findings provide proof that not only books are very much alive, but that reading is exceptionally good shape & that the book publishing industry, while undergoing some significant changes, is, on the whole, in good health.” I think that this quote perfectly sums up the future of publishing & books. While e-readers continue to be the preferred mode of reading for some it’s nice to know that the printed word (books) are still being bought.
Books have had a huge impact in my life. I was a shy kid growing up & books were a source of comfort for me. I used to go to the library a couple times a week & I always had my nose in a book. To this day, I’m still an avid reader but due to being a full-time student while also working a part-time job it’s hard to find the time to sit down & enjoy a good book. I love just going into bookstores and perusing, especially used bookstores. Tin Can Mailman located near the Arcata Plaza is the best! I have many favorite books but if I was asked to name two I would say The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath & The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I tend to favor fantasy books but I’m open to reading all kinds. It just has to be interesting & well written. In high school I used to read cheesy romance novels. Now I gravitate towards classic & fantasy novels. But a good book is a good book. 🙂