Borrow a book, share a book, donate a book. READ a book!
In a world run by social media, it seems many (especially our younger ones) have forgotten the joy of reading a good book. Okay, any book.
Sadly, I can’t remember the last time I saw a group of people not glued to their ipad or iphone. (No offense to you non-apple folks) Sure, maybe a few are reading an eBook, or maybe listening to an Audio-Book, but being the curious(Nosy) writer that I am, I often ask what they’re doing. 9 out of 10 times they’ll be texting, posting, liking, following, UN-following, taking selfies, sharing selfies, adding emojis, and sometimes actually talking to someone on their phone. People still do that don’t they?
I think what gets me the most is the total annihilation of the English language. Not happy to use some basic abbreviations, I’ve seen text where the words were so completely distorted, I was willing to offer $100 to the first person able to translate it for me.
Okay, enough with the soapbox. I guess all I’m asking is where will the book readers of tomorrow come from? Will we as a writers have to learn a new abbreviated language for our future generations, just so they can read it? Or add #tags to everything followed by an emoji? LOL.
Let’s hope we always have a world filled with dreamers. Dreamers willing to imagine new worlds through the carefully crafted words of the many talented writers still willing to share the fruits of their imaginations.