The other day I came across a post on social media dealing with maps. It doesn't really matter what the post was about. I just thought one of the comments was interesting. A woman who appeared to be in her 50s left a comment stating that it would be too expensive to re-print all the maps. And my first thought was she's still reading maps printed on paper? I wonder if she still has a phone book, too.
Evidently, boomers are not letting go of paper any time soon, and I think that's a huge reason why so many have never embraced digital books. I also know plenty of boomers who do read digital books, but they aren't in the majority. These people (of all ages) who read e-books are the serious dedicated readers, not just the readers who pick up a Stephen King or JK Rowling print book once a year. Many of these e-book readers will buy 5 books on a Monday and finish them off by Friday. That's serious reading.
But it always makes me wonder why so many others don't seem to understand digital books. I switched to digital about 10 years ago and I haven't read a print book since then. And I read a lot of books over the course of a year. Digital books, like digital music, opened up a new world for me, one where I had more control and easier access to the books I love to read. And I think that's the aspect of reading digital books I love the most. It's a logical, simple approach to reading. I might not be able to actually smell the book, but I'm getting that book instantly, I can take it anywhere I go on my phone, and I can even read it at night and not disturb anyone else. Plain, simple, and logical.
With that said, I'm linking to a piece now that shows 10 reasons why e-books are better than print books. I know the die-heard print map readers out there are not going to agree. But I also know many avid readers who will agree. I like #7 the most, and I think most serious readers who venture beyond Stephen King and JK Rowling will agree.
There are many independent, self-published authors who only have their work available in digital formats. Many of these titles include novellas and short stories that would be too short to publish on their own in print, but which are perfectly suited to reading digitally. Owning an eReading device gives you access to writing that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to read.
They are absolutely correct about short stories and novellas. And I completely agree with everything else in this article. You can check it out here. It's very well written and it's recent.
And, of course, there's nothing wrong with reading either e-books, or print books, or even both. I do know more than a few people who switch back and forth, without giving it a second thought.
Why Gay Guys Ended Long Term Relationships
This is a twist from the usual articles about meeting men, hook up apps, and dating men. It's another one of those Reddit threads where gay guys talk about why they broke off a long term relationship. There are several different reasons, and some are more complicated than others.
Here's one direct quote:
“We were together during our college years and a few beyond that. It was a time of growth and coming into ourselves, and we ultimately realized that we just wanted/needed very different, incompatible things.”
You can check out more, here. The comments speak loudly, too. Nothing sounds too contrived. I would also imagine that these reasons are similar to why straight people break off long term relationships nowadays.
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