A couple of years back I received a kindle from my Mom for Christmas. I was thrilled. I think I have read one book on it. I quickly found that I prefer to hold a book when I read. At first I thought that this could be an entirely new post but then I began to ponder what is it about books that can no longer hold my attention?
Regardless of format, I find myself distracted. My mind starts to wonder. I start to think of my to-do list. Worse yet, I find that I start to think about how I need to be doing something. And that something tends to be hoping on my phone to play words with friends, converse with others on twitter, respond to emails, text, check instagram....
I of course turned to my trusty friend, google search, and tried to find a study or noteworthy article that discusses my hypothesis. I was unsuccessful. I did however find a plethora of articles and ideas being exchanged about the slow death of the hardcover book as people are reading more digital books. I knew this but still found it a fascinating read.
Due to the cost of a hardcover book, the argument of the sustainability of books, and the ease of instant gratification by downloading a book whenever you want, my preferred method of reading will at some point no longer be an option. Will I quit reading all together? What will the world be like without hardcover books?
I can't help but wonder if the digital age, smartphones, and our love of the internet is also an argument for the hardcover book extinction conversation.
What do you think?
I think I need to start learning how to read on my kindle.