Books they’ll never grow out of!
The famous writer Ernest Hemmingway once told “there is no friend as loyal as a book.”
This is so truly said that even in this modern day of information technology, books are still finding their place amongst the “must have” items of many people. Book lovers, more often than not, find their home library as the most enticing and enchanting place on the earth. Likewise though the modern society has broken off with several old customs and traditions but it could never get out of the realms of book reading.
Internet has made the content publication as simple as counting 123. Blogs and CMS tools have created a platform for self publishing by one and all. There are no bindings, stringent editorial guidelines, long waiting periods for any writer to go public with his/her literary work. Such a simplified and fast online publication has given rise to the suspicion that the future of printed books is bleak. But this telltale prediction could not come true and the books were successful enough to stand on their own ground.
On the other hand the encroachment of cable television into leisure time of people with its blockbuster sitcoms and unlimited movies also posed to be a threat for the survival of books. But this fear too has been defeated by the increasing number of book readers. This is evident from the numbers of books that are being published and sold annually across the globe. Thus it is proven that the universal books for everyone have retained their glory.
Some reports say that the percentage of readers in the present day has increased as compared to the previous decades. It is estimated that 60% of the UK citizens are spending their free time in reading books while only 42 to 48% are either going for a movie/concert or involving in leisure activities like gardening etc. It is estimated that the overall market size of printed books in United Kingdom alone is to the tune of GBP 1.5 billion.
Charles Dickens’s most celebrated novel Oliver Twist is still being sold since its first publication in 1837. Not lagging far behind, Robinson Crusoe, the 18th century masterpiece that has been praised as the beginning of realistic fiction writing in English language is still hitting the stands and creating interest amongst the new generations of book reading. These statistics would tell us that still there are those books which would never allow the readers to grow out of their charisma.
There are many groups and associations of book lovers which work offline and online as well. Many virtual libraries have been created that which allow the readers to flip through the electronic versions of the originally printed books. There are other types of services like Lovereading.co.uk whose endeavor is to bridge the gap between what is being published and what must be read. The teams working behind such endeavors are putting their collective efforts to bring the readers closer to the books that must be read within a lifetime. Such efforts are being greatly admired and adored by the book lovers.
It is evident from all the above that the ‘death of books’ is nothing but an exaggerated idea and the readers are still wanting to remain locked up with ageless classics.