The Lost Crowd of Book Readership
The critically endangered crowd of book readership is on the verge of getting lost, soon gone are the book readers of yesterdays. Say welcome to ebooks and goodbye to books. Before the ebooks became popular, we used to go to bookstores and libraries to browse through the aisle for our favorite books to read, nowadays we order books online then read them on our ebook readers. Some book faithfuls still struggle to read whenever they find the time, which most of us don’t have that luxury to enjoy, while juggling two jobs (office & home) or super moms trying to get everything done before dinnertime.
This is the reality of our times, what the corporate rat race have done is probably destroy our love for reading books. Who else is there to blame? I’m not even sure anymore who to blame now, maybe the times or maybe we are just too busy living life. We can rebel and still find the time to read books with whatever little time we can get in between doing the chores and preparing dinner after a whole day of work at the office. But let’s face it, who in the world would get the time to browse down the aisle and buy books, then find the time to read them, perhaps nobody.
I miss those days when you can browse down the aisle at your favorite bookstore around the corner in town and pick up a special book of poetry or a romantic novel or perhaps a best seller book or any good reading material, books or magazines. Most small bookstores or specialty book stores have now closed and even huge libraries have become smaller due to lack of funds and readership. Most public libraries have audio CD/cassettes of the books that they let you borrow. In some of our condo/apt. buildings, they have opened private libraries of their own to encourage people who live therein especially families with kids who are learning to read at an early age. The residents request books/magazine donations to be brought to the common party room used as private library/ reading room on occasions when there’s no party going on. It’s usually an open library where residents can donate, borrow or exchange books (old or new) & used magazines and newspapers, too. Recycling books and other reading materials have become the norm instead of throwing them away. Most residents donate their used books to this private library or to charitable book sales and even to libraries around the city. Others say that they are so busy that they don’t have time to sit down and read books anymore.
I guess it all depends on each and everyone of us to either abandon reading books altogether or to start picking up that habit of reading books again. Yes, I still read books mostly on the ebook reader but when I find some old poetry book or my old fine arts painting books, I still eagerly browse and read the important parts that I have highlighted and then read it over again for old time’s sake.
B & N Ebook Reader
Books or ebooks, take your pick. At times I see people being creative, reading paperbacks at crowded airports, one time I just came back from the department store and they had a sale on “Bourne Identity” paperback, something I’ve always wanted to read, so I got it and paid for it on my way out. By then I had to go and pick up my passport at Service Canada Centre and what a long wait it was, judging by the pages I’ve read on my new paperback. Call it accidental reading, no matter what it was, reading books still tops my list of things to do.
Somebody once said, “Let’s go fly a kite!” I’d say,”Let’s go and read a book!”