The Questionable Future of Reading and Books

The Questionable Future of Reading and Books

George Ure and Gaye Levy, Contributors

Activist Post

May 6, 2012

George is in Macon, Georgia this weekend for the National Association of Newspaper Columnists and a couple of interesting trends caught his eye – things that any person leading a “Strategic Life” would find interesting. We thought it would be enlightening to share his notes.

(Macon, GA) Reading is in trouble, or at least it’s in the process of radical change. Not that it has come up as a topic in and of itself at this year’s gathering of opinionated word-slingers, but it has been a consistent underlying theme.

As it turns out, the revolution in desktop publishing – which includes platforms like the WordPress blogging software – has dramatically increased the amount of written material available. Professional writers worry about such things, because while most make a basic living writing for newspapers, about half augment their income by writing books; and it’s here that the world is changing.

For one thing, the amount of time people spending reading has become much more “chopped up” over the past decade or so. Incoming emails, pings, IMs, and all those computer-driven distractions have caused one publishing house to command its workers to turn off email and online accounts at work.

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3 Responses to The Questionable Future of Reading and Books

  1. Cromwellsheart says:

    Now, answer, it is called an off switch.
    Secondly, without books there is no civilisation.
    Thirdly, filtering the junk on a computer is easy, stick with places that tell truth.
    Lastly, read only quality. Try a few pages in the middle you can always tell 🙂

  2. gideon says:

    I like books. You can make notes in them and, or highlight important parts. Also, their battery never runs out, no electricity required. And in an emergency, you can use them to start a fire. 🙂

    • I couldn’t imagine life without books. This digital stuff is interesting and serves a purpose, but there is no substitute for a book. I love the way they look, feel, smell….they are wonderful. And as a side note, though doing research on the internet is convenient, it lacks the discipline and regimentation of sitting in a library with a stack of books and a legal pad.

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