As a child, I remember my parents reading to me and making sure books were around all the time, so it was only natural that they became a part of my life. In school, it was exciting to create book reports for assignments, or to read Shakespeare. When I wasn't reading for school, my genres of choice for fun were romance and suspense. Not having a book near, is like not having air to breathe.
With technology growing at such a rapid pace, is the joy of the written word headed towards extinction with the dinosaurs?
Recently a survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center of 1000 adults to determine if people were still actually reading novels. About 76% of the people queried admitted they read at least one book in either print, e-book or audiobook form. YIKES - Just one (1) book?! What in the heck. (lol) Those in the 18-29/50-64 age range read the most in print, those in the 18-29 range preferred e-books, and 30-49/50-64 age ranges tied when it came to listening to their books. Across the board, readers still prefer to hold a book.
Walter Mosley, an award winning author of over 40 books, and Wall Street Journal contributor, believes that there will be an "alternate method of creating art to replace writing and reading, but it will take longer than 30 years to do so". Meanwhile, in the near future, he believes, like I do, that authors will tell their exclusive stories electronically. I assume this will also be the case with children's books. Soon I may no longer have the option of pulling books off shelves, forcing me to finally decrease my HUGE TBR pile.
We're already seeing some of this with newspapers and magazines being read online only, or going out of business.
What about you, are you a constant reader who will get novels in any form necessary to feed your addiction within the next 30+ years? Can you envision it?