By Marilyn Baron
Steve Jobs recently said that 40 percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. That’s hard for me to fathom, since I read one to three books a week.
Everybody reads at their own pace. My sister reads two pages of a book and falls asleep. I sometimes stay up all night reading. It takes my husband about six months to finish reading a book, about as long as it takes me to write one.
For my birthday this year, my husband bought me a Kindle 2. It will represent a new way to read for me. I love the feel of hardback books so I’m sure it will take some getting used to. But I’m looking forward to being able to travel on a plane without lugging five books with me.
The library is my Cheers. Everybody there knows my name. I get calls every day that “the book you have on hold is now available.” I also love shopping for books.
But I’m intrigued by the idea that when one of my favorite romance writers comes out with a new book, I can own it and read it instantly.
For me, the Kindle came just in time. Lately the books I’ve bought or checked have been overtaking my house. I have books stacked up on the table in my hallway, books on the coffee table in my living room, books on shelves, books on the kitchen table and books on the nightstand in my bedroom. So many books, so little time. Hopefully, the Kindle will help manage the clutter.
A sign of the times
I am one of those people who don’t like to read a newspaper on line. I hope it won’t be the same for books. My husband does read newspapers on line as well as have them delivered. He says our daughters will never read a physical newspaper. The new generation does thing differently. For example, my younger daughter doesn’t even have a land line. She’s tied to her cell phone. She uses it to tell time instead of a watch like I do. If she wants to see a movie, she looks it up on line, whereas I look in the Living section of the newspaper. Unfortunately, in the last few weeks, one of the major theater chains stopped advertising in the local paper and if you want to find out what’s playing you either have to go on line or drive by and look at the marquis outside the theater.
And speaking of theaters, I am approaching the age where I can qualify for the senior movie discount. The husband of a friend of mine always tells his wife to stand off to the side when approaching the ticket seller because he thinks he won’t get the senior discount when they see how young she looks. Isn’t that romantic? He, on the other hand has gone completely gray so no one questions his age, even though he doesn’t yet legitimately qualify for the senior discount. I don’t think the young whippersnappers behind the cash register could even distinguish us as anything but senior citizens and they tend to dismiss us as such with one pitying glance. Much the same as I look at the kids on my old college campus and marvel at the fact that they seem to be getting younger and younger every year.
Times, they are a changing. And I suppose we have to change with the times.
I just downloaded my first book on the Kindle, “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest.”
I’m looking forward to this new experience. How many of you have some form of e-reader and do you like it? What are some of the differences you notice between your generation and the younger generation?