Prompt # 10

Books have definitely changed since I was a child. E-books are taking over printed materials in terms of popularity and convenience. We are also seeing may people using audiobooks or reading graphic novels. When I was a kid I remember using audiobooks in school, but I definitely do not recall children checking out audios at the library. I feel like comics and graphic novels were somewhat popular years ago, but now I see kids checking out graphic novels at a consistent basis. I wonder if my library even had a graphic novel section 20 years ago. I may have to look into that.

The act of reading has definitely changed throughout the years. I feel like our society is so fast paced now-a-days. Allison Hiltz stated in an article that, “But today, our attention spans are not what they once were – the world moves at a much faster pace and more information is available to us in a wider range of formats than ever before.  Whilst once books took time to produce and time to read, today a Kindle version of most books is available in a few seconds at the click of a button – it’s instant literary gratification.  In the past, books were more rare and prized; medieval manuscripts and leather bound classic tomes graced the bookshelves of the wealthy, and people had access to books only at schools, or borrowed novels from friends or their library rather than purchasing a copy themselves.  Today’s readers are just as likely to get their fix online or on their Kindle rather than heading to the local bookstore.”

I think “instant literary gratification” is a great term to describe the future of books, reading, and publishing. In 20 years reading will be much more interactive. Although, I do think that traditional publishing will be around at some capacity. There are still many people who prefer to read the physical copy of a book, (including myself).

Overall, I just feel like the general public has no idea where we as a society will be in terms of technology in the next couple of decades. The rate at which technology has been evolving is staggering. I think in 20 years“the knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our own creations.” (Kurzweil)

Thanks for reading!


6 thoughts on “Prompt # 10

  1. I like your input about it being so much faster paced now. It’s not something that I mentioned in my prompt response but I think that is definitely a true comparison of then vs now. I feel like so many more books come out now, and at such a fast pace. Good point!


  2. “The knowledge and skills embedded in our brains will be combined with the vastly greater capacity, speed, and knowledge-sharing ability of our own creations.” (Kurzweil)
    This is to be taken in the literal sense, having information embedded into our very beings. You brought up the book store and how it may be affected in time to come.
    Inconvenience breeds patience. Waiting on a book store line beats having to see the day when we find ourselves reminiscing about the good old days when we had a thing called book stores and the memories attached to those times. Or worse, libraries. Imagine sitting there reminiscing about the time you used to spend perusing the shelves at a rainy day library. Some of the arguments that I find online in support of the more convenient form of reading – I don’t know. It seems silly to say the least. How pampered and disillusioned have we become? (not you, but society in general)
    Holding an e-reader is easier than holding a physical book and turning the pages??? God forbid. “I want to be able to do it all with one hand while I ride the subway.” That’s funny. This is a pretty disconnected society one piece from another. It’s no different in other parts of the world. The closer you live to dirt the more connected people seem to be with their fellow human. It’s strange because librarianship is all about engagement with other humans … community service … and yet the user in each of us indulge in our own bubble – I’m first in line but without making love to a gadget.

    The truth is … I care only about preserving the traditional library, thoughts on paper, because without it you have nothing … well, it’s just not the same.


  3. It will be fascinating to see what the world of technology looks like in 20 years. Especially in the world of libraries and books. I, too, prefer to read a print copy of a book (although my Kindle does come in handy at times) and hope that they are a part of our world for many, many years to come.


  4. I am glad that you mentioned graphic novels. I did a research study on graphic novels and manga a few semesters back in Research. I could not believe how popular it was. My sons were huge into manga and when I noticed how much they liked it I was interested in seeing how popular these novels were among the teens. The public library here cannot keep them in. Those books are flying off the shelf. Some of this material is questionable for their age group but I think parents think it is better than not reading at all. This world has definitely become fast-paced. No matter what I am never going to forget to slow down and find time for a good reading session. It is simply health for the mind!!

    Thanks you for sharing.


  5. So true reading has changed over the years! I prefer to read books the actual book in hand might soon be a thing of the past and if this is the case I will be sad..I feel like I need to switch over but my stubbornness tells me I can do both. We are not sure what the future holds but we can adjust when the time comes..I still say as long as we’re still reading we are good! Yes reading is health for the mind

    Tenisha M.


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