I’ve purchased a brand new 2010 book.
It has a shiny cover and 244 pages. Much to my disappointment, it has no pictures (or sadly pop-ups).
My intention with this new purchase is to do a little something I like to call “reading”.
I’m not sure how this adventure will turn out, but I’m optimistic (always the glass is half full kind of guy… or not).
You see, I don’t read unless it’s on my laptop or phone.
Consequently, I don’t buy books.
That wasn’t always the case. I used to read.
Of course, that was way back in the Pre-Technology Days.
Many of you probably don’t remember the good ole days. The 80’s, 90’s and the whatever the 2000’s are called (back when I was youthful and vibrant… before life had beaten me down).
Back then, it wasn’t uncommon for me to read several newspapers a day. On a good day, I might even crack open a magazine or a book.
I’m way too busy.
Too busy searching the interweb. On my email machines.
I’m busy. Really busy.
This is my way of saying I “waste” a lot of time.
The world wide web is one part convenience, one part information, and 7 parts time sucker.
Something tells me this book may very well be the last one I ever buy.
I don’t own a Kindle or an iPad. But I will.
We all will.
And probably sooner than we realize.
In fact, and I’m going out on a limb here, I think devices like these will be required by every Pre-K through college student in just a few short years.
This may sound crazy today, but it won’t in 5 years (if you don’t believe me reread this blog in 2015… like it will exist in 5 years, or 5 minutes…).
Presently, schools require students to provide their own pencils, paper, binders, folders, glue, Kleenex, and countless other school supplies.
Why not have each kid bring a machine on which they can read textbooks?
Your first reaction may be Kindles and iPads are way too expensive for the average family, but they won’t be in a few years (or months).
It just doesn’t make sense that schools continue to purchase expensive books when students can simply download them on their first day of class.
This sounds far-fetched, but I think it’s coming.
Now while you contemplate my latest half-baked idea, I’m going to read a book.
Quite possibly, my last one.
Book report coming soon. Unless I get busy checking the long-range forecast.