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Do You Still Read Books?

I have to admit that I was a little taken back the other day when Steve Jobs, in an interview with The New York Times, dismissed the need for the Kindle by saying that "people don't read anymore" and citing the statistic that only "forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year."

This stat may be true, but I tend to think that the section of the public that is interested in gadgets is also one that is cultured and still reads books — whether or not they would read them on an e-book reader. Is that reaching?

My geeky friends and I are all still into books and reading, so I want to believe that people DO still read, but maybe I'm just disheartened at that statistic. So I want to know, are you a reader?


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gabichou26 gabichou26 9 years
I read a lot--and I own a Kindle. The thing is, even if forty percent of Americans don't read, that's still sixty percent who do. And the people who do read often buy a LOT of books. Which is why it can get inconvenient, with piles and piles and shelves and shelves and ROOMS and rooms of books. Which is why the Kindle is fantabulous. :) I agree with you about electronic geeks being cultured and reading. That wasn't the greatest move from Steve--it didn't make me too happy, and I usually do like Steve. :)
Pheefs Pheefs 9 years
I guess the joke is on Job's, then... Since they can't make the Kindle fast enough to keep up with demand!
tstmmr tstmmr 9 years
I already have my Kindle, and I absolutely love it! I can read longer now without getting a headache, so I'm reading even more than before. My reason for getting one is that my piles of books were getting out of control. No more room on my bookshelves, no more room for more bookshelves, and the piles of books were starting to spill over. After careful consideration, I splurged for the Kindle, and while waiting, gave away a ton of books. I've already downloaded a new ton of books (including lots of free books - I'll be catching up on the classics). I was never into the collector thing anyway, so for me, this is the best of both worlds. Ladybug
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
I love books. Paper and in my hands. I believe people still read but I do worry the younger generations will loose some of that nostalgia for books due to technology. My summer memories are filled with books and I recall events based on what I read. Books are awesome.
DejaVecu DejaVecu 9 years
I am a, do you think I read? It's a compulsion. Multiple books at once and I am grateful that I do not work in a book store. I bring books home everyday. Now, if there were a decent e-reader, I would try it. The Kindle? Ok, have you looked at this monstrosity? They saw the Iphone and they still released this black and white displaying, huge, bulky, not like a book P.O.S.? It's awful looking. (I mean, have they never seen a Sidekick? It doesn't even open and close, like a book.) The features could be better...seriously I am not impressed and I laughed at it on kick off day...we all did. We have tried introducing e-readers into Libraries and guess what? No one wants them. Audio books sure, but nothing can come close to beating paper. And again, I want an e-reader, but for how it looks and the price and the fees involved...please. As for Steve Jobs...that man could do a fine reader, but I guess he sees no reason to. Imagine, a nice touch screen with a Ipod like menu...
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
I'm definitely a reader, as I'm sure you could guess. I love the idea of the eReader as I've seen this before and wanted one. It will never replace me reading real books but makes a great supplement for on the go and keeping a large variety of books on hand.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I don't have time to read! :( I still haven't read the last Harry Potter. It's too big and the audiobook is elusive.
princessangry princessangry 9 years
I LOVE reading!
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
I would like the e-book reader if i could highlight and make notes in the text and flag certain pages, because that's half the fun of reading for me. But half of the books I read are OLD, like first half of the 20th century. A lot of them aren't in print anymore. They're now-semi-obscure plays, fashion histories, and theatre books that I can only find in university libraries or in used book stores. the chances of those ones being available in digital form are nil. But I read current stuff, too. Although those tend to be the lighter paperbacks (as opposed to the old hardbacks) so they wouldn't be so heavy to lag around anyway, which is what the e-reader would be good for. Although it is kind of neat having a bunch of texts conveniently at the tip of your finger. It would save space on the bookshelves and I wouldn't have to pick and choose what to bring with me when I go off to school each year.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I love to read, but I really like the look, feel, and even smell of a good book. However, if they made an e-book reader for textbooks I would pick it up in a second.
liladdieshudiva liladdieshudiva 9 years
I still read books. I also use ereader when I'm on the go.
Daisy6264 Daisy6264 9 years
I don't have the time to read like I did in college.
ellazmarie ellazmarie 9 years
the library is one of my favorite places in town. right now have two books on my night stand. its one of my favorite hobbies.
Babychloe Babychloe 9 years
I read around 1 book a month, but I don't think I'd like reading from an e-book. Reading from a screen would give me a headache.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
I have been reading since I was little. It's something I picked up from my mother...I was not only always read to by close relatives but she ALWAYS had (and still has) a stack of books on her bedside table. I can't imagine NOT doing it. I have tried to read online....long ago when some classics were online for free and later when Stephen King had an online short. Boy....did my eyes ACHE!!! Last semester I had a class that included 2 "textbooks" and notes.....entirely online. I dropped that gave me headaches and I couldn't highlight my computer screen. I have no desire to ever own an ebook machine thingie. There is something almost magical about holding a book in your hands, flipping through the pages, using a bookmark, setting it down and coming back to it....pages dog-eared perhaps or even puffy and crunchy from getting wet from a bath run-in. To see that book on your shelf or bedside table and know you can get lost it can't get that with electronics. And what about first editions and old books....scanning a swap store or nook type bookstore for a treasure.....flipping those pretty gold edged pages or laying a built in ribbon bookmark down the page of a classic tome. I have no idea what Jobs is yacking about, as every time I enter a Borders or Barnes&Noble there are droves of people browsing the stacks, asking for specific titles at the info booths, hording the comfy chairs to get their "read" on and a long line where we must endure impulse items. (Admittedly, the bookmarks and pens and little notecards are cute.) Heck, even if people prefer magazines...and I buy way more of those than I should as least they are reading and ingesting ideas and information. I suppose I'm stuck-up about reading. When I meet people who say they don't care for reading I am flabbergasted. I realize some people are very busy and don't have time to read as much as they may wish....THAT is no biggie. But to not like books? It's a dating requirement for much as good manners or anything else!!! Not reading is akin to this one hairdresser I had for a few months...when I asked who she would be voting for in the upcoming election, her response was to shrug her shoulders and state that it didn't affect her life....she never voted. I bet she didn't read books either.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I do some reading everyday.
purpleisafruit purpleisafruit 9 years
I definitely still read books and would never use anything other than the paper variety. I guess I'm a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to books.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i love to read and always have a library book and a book from my shelf going at the same time plus lots of non-fiction, too. i don't think i'd be that into an e-book reader.
caligirl101 caligirl101 9 years
i love reading books, I just read A thousand splendid suns and kite runner, both so good. And I'm about to read Into the Wild.
RoxyGurl RoxyGurl 9 years
Now way!!! How could anyone ever think of the idea that books could ever be replaced by some gadget!!
figurine figurine 9 years
Yes, yes, yes.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I still read! Not as often as I would like to, since I'm mostly reading for class(studying haha), but I love reading. I think the Kindle might be a good idea if you travel a lot because it will save a lot of space in your suitcase, especially if you have a bunch of tour books with you. But I think the whole part of holding a book and turning the pages is something that I would really miss and couldn't do without.
megania megania 9 years
I have a hard time believing that statistic. I love to read. Most of my friends don't read as much as I do, but I don't know anyone who doesn't read at all. And I've never used an e-book, but I wouldn't reject the idea of it either.
sahayra sahayra 9 years
I don't really read books, but I like to! I think that if I didn't have to read for class I would read a lot more.
emma- emma- 9 years
why would steve jobs say that? I'm seriously disappointed. As for the kindle, I think it is a great way to save paper. I would use it.
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