I saw a random statistic today, it said that post-college, over 42% of people would never read another book!
Now, this was an American statistic on Facebook so it was definitely true. I did not fall for click bait. No way (sarcasm intended)! However, the notion that anyone with a good standard of education, could potentially go through their adult life without reading ONE book is absurd. Does this really happen?
When we were kids we were always taught to respect books, to treat them well and value what lay between the covers (no pun intended). I was a bookworm. My parents could not take me to the library fast enough so we exchanged books between cousins and friends.
Perhaps it was a way of escaping the mundane, long, hot summers or of entertainment pre-video games (this was the 80s after all), however books today, still play a big part of my life.
Granted – I don’t read as often as I’d like to, which saddens me. However that love for books has only grown, as now that I don’t hate textbooks, I appreciate that life’s colourful tapestry can be discovered in a well-filled bookcase.
Books show you what other lives are like and teach you things that you would otherwise never learn. With one swipe you could be running Apple, living in a concentration camp, investing the Warren Buffet way or benefitting from the insights of a Buddhist monk.
The possibilities are endless and are only really limited by our time and money.
Though, even those can be hacked. Did you know:
> Brisbane City Council gives you access to their libraries and also ebooks once you register. Over 30,000 libraries use the same service – Overdrive – so you will likely be able to gain free access even if you don’t live in Brisbane.
> Most classics are free to download on iBooks (I read Oliver Twist last year – that one took a while!)
> You can buy iTunes gift cards at a discounted rate, almost any time, indirectly resulting in discounted ebooks
> There are several membership services around audiobooks – particularly great for those with long commutes (or who like me can’t read in a moving vehicle/train/plane/bus)
> Speed reading is a thing (albeit not one I have tried yet)
With all these services, skills and resources available, I struggle to understand why someone would NOT want to read books (including e-books and audiobooks).
I have three ebooks on the go at the moment: Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E Frankl; Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and Reckoning by Magda Szubanski. Also in the wings is the last instalment of the Clifton Chronicles which is on my xmas/holiday pile.
What are you in the process of reading … or what is the ONE book you think everyone should read?