Sunday, August 22, 2004

Reading

Back in July, I wrote a piece on how Americans are reading less (Bring on the Books). Something came to me the other day. Maybe readership has not gone down. People are becoming smarter. You could go to B&N or Borders, sit down, and read. I see people do this all the time. Some people grab stacks of magazines and sit there for a few hours. It didn't really hit me until yesterday at work. I went on break and I wasn't in the mood of crocheting or sitting in the break room (it's cold back there). I wasn't sure on what to do until I stumbled upon the financial section. I saw a row of books by Suze Orman. I picked one up, ordered tea, sat down, and began reading through it. I obviously did not read the entire book, but I got some good info out of it. Now, I could buy it if I want to, but I'm trying to save as much money as possible. This is when it hit me. If you have some free time, why not sit at one of these bookstores and read a bit. You could even pick up from where you left off the last time you were there. It the same thing with a library book. You read it and return it. If you can't afford to constantly purchase every book that catches your fancy, this is an ideal situation for you. It's a great atmosphere. Once you're ready and willing, you buy the book. I wonder if this was taken into account when they said purchases of books had gone down.

4 comments:

The Lady Eliza said...

hmmm. I do agree that people are buying less books, and that people do read in bookstores (I do it myself) but I do believe that both you and the people who are doing the surveys have overlooked something rather vital. And just how vital this little thing is, is proved by the fact that I am writting this comment. And the fact is this: Most people either through work, home or public acess have the internet. They don't have to buy a book on investing, they can browse a website on it...You don't need to buy a book when their are HUGE amounts of Quality writing on the web. There are entire sites devoted to providing places for people to write and in return be read. Like this one. I just spent half an hour reading your weblog instead of a book, and it was just as good. It's not that people don't read It's just that they read alternativly...

Xia Diaz said...

You're actually right on with the internet deal. After I posted this piece, I mentioned it to my husband. He said the same thing you did. People are reading more stuff on the internet. I think it's a combination of all of that. Even though I have a bunch of books that I still need to read, I actually spend a lot of time reading on the internet. By the way, thank you for saying my blog is good. I'm glad readers enjoy it.

The Lady Eliza said...

always a plesure! Glad to know that I am also not unsupported in my views.

Fintan Patch said...

Yeah, I've done that too. I'm not sure I like it when other people are allowed to read so much in the bookstore. I'd like to know the book I'm buying doesn't have fudge danish goo and mocha latte stains (at least, that's what I hope that was) from the grubby hands of a no-good street urchin. Now, I'll be the first to admit the good-for-nothing urchin problem hasn't yet reached epidemic levels at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ. Nonetheless, I am concerned.