Were you an avid reader growing up? Did you grow out of it or continue into adulthood? Did you allow your busy life to sweep away the concept of reading books along with rugging up in your pjs and sipping hot milo?
I am a huge lover of books.
My parents spent many a day during my childhood yelling at me to stop reading and do my chores. These days my partner considers my book collection a fire hazard. He doesn’t understand how I could possibly need to buy ‘just one more.’ (Of course, today he gave me a new book as part of his anniversary gift to me. Love it!)
The thing is over the last couple of years I’ve developed a strong relationship with ebooks to the detriment of my beloved paperbacks.
I’ve read far more ebooks, particularly those that have assisted me to develop new skills and ideas.
Paperbacks have been reserved mainly for biographies.
According to data released by Pew Research Center in 2011, people read in different formats depending on the purpose of their reading. In our instant gratification society many of us can no doubt identify with “being able to get a book quickly” as an influence in our purchase decision.
Also in 2011, Amazon advised it was selling 143 e-books to every 100 hardcovers sold. Perhaps this reflects a preference for lower priced alternatives in a period of financial strain?
Despite feeling like I’m cheating on my loyal printed books I can’t help thinking my treacherous actions will continue. It seems I will be one among the masses.