When I was visiting the library the other day, I realized that a myriad of people didn’t read books anymore. Usually, I’m reading at least 1 book at any time and I generally enjoy reading. One of my friends hates reading and only reads if he is forced too. I also remember reading a book called Fahrenheit 451 that talked about a future society where reading is virtually extinct and “firefighters” burn books instead of putting out fires.
When I started to ponder about the reasons for why books weren’t popular, obvious reasons came to mind. The most obvious one is technology. With smartphones and headphones and tablets and other pieces of technology, we are too busy with the digital world than with the paper world. Another reason that came to mind was that with our fast paced and busy lives it makes it hard and stressful to find time to read even for those who love to read. Something else that I have been seeing a lot recently is that with summaries online like Sparknotes and Shmoop, many students now just read those to save time or just because they’re too lazy.
After thinking about how I could get people to read more, I started to research and found a website that answered that question.
Here’s the link: http://www.ehow.com/how_7696300_people-read-book.html. Also, I highly recommend this website for many other topics as well. I realized the most important thing about convincing people to read was that you needed to put on a cheerful and positive attitude about reading. You should buy a book as a Christmas gift and help them if they don’t understand some words. You should make he or she feel like he or she is a part of a community by inviting him or her to a club or find people that read the same books. If he or she isn’t interested enough, then you should reward that person by letting them listen to music after 5 chapters or let them go to the park when they are finished.
In my own experience, reading books like Percy Jackson and the Olympians when I was younger makes it easier for me to talk with some of my friends. Also, I heard that if you’re taking the SAT, reading a plethora of novels doesn’t hurt. Technology may actually help the sale of books, as eBooks are generally less expensive than the read books and are more portable. If you can’t afford an expensive smartphone or tablet or anything that has excess to eBooks, then remember that real books don’t need to be charged and aren’t as easily broken.