Had a friend who owns another rarity, a book store. Many of the big book store chains are or have already closed their doors; stores called Borders or Barnes & Noble’s. There are still the new season of books. It is a business that is in the middle of change. Many people don’t even know what to do with their old books. Like orphaned children, they just leave boxes of books at old stores with old women putting 50 cents tags on them trying to give the old books one more chance at a value.
With at least 500 channels on your Cable TV now who has time to read anyway. There even exists books on tape where you can just listen to someone else read to you. We have gotten to be so lazy. Or is it that we are too busy to simply read. Everyone is trained to multi-task lately with texting while driving or talking on the phone while cooking; all sorts of combinations going on at the same time illegal or not. Yes, have someone read to you while you do something else with your hands. No clumsy book to hold.
It is no surprise to know that the average person who holds a paper book in their hands to read are 44 years old according to Book Business. The average age of the most frequent book buyer is 50 years old. So, that older woman selling the old books in the only book store left in town is selling to older people.
So far this year the best selling list top three are the three Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James that includes erotic episodes. The others in the trio are Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed all best sellers. Followed by another trilogy of The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins with its others called Catching Fire and Mocking Jay according to Nielson Book Scan.
I personally know I will miss the books, the book lady and my favorite spot to be in the cubby in the book store but time moves forward to newer devices to have pleasure with as long as we can keep that thing charged and with a lot of power. Some how you will never forget caressing that good reader in your arms.