When was the last time you picked up a book for fun?

According to the blog by Elisabeth Eaves, Why Write Books, the book industry has been “in decline” since at least the 1930s. However, the industry seems to be handling technological change with poise; unlike the music industry and the newspaper companies. The Kindle has made new books available in digital format which makes buying a book much more convenient.  There are also print-on-demand contraptions which help to keep books from going “out of print.”

Recently, publishers have stopped paying lofty advances to authors for books and it seems to be helping everyone. The authors find it to be positive because if they “earn out,” or make the money back for the publisher they will be regarded as a modest success and would be more likely to get another book deal.  

With the emergence of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, authors have begun to use these as a means of promotion. Authors no longer depend on publishers to get the word out. Becoming an author is a personal choice, one that must consume you. You must really have a love for writing. Ray Bradbury once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”

My personal feelings on reading and writing are mixed.  Books are certainly relevant in our society today and they will continue to be. For thousands of years we have used words written down to portray a message or tell a story. Each generation of humans are born and then eventually die off and through books we can learn from the previous generations. Sadly,  I am not an avid reader because I am a student and find that my time is used more wisely studying my class books rather than enjoying a good read. I have however enjoyed a book or two and find it extremely relaxing to sit down with a book and become enthralled within it. I tend to read non-fiction books that will help me to learn a particular subject or improve myself as an individual.

I honestly do not see myself becoming an author because I don’t have the patience or the love for writing that is necessary to sit down and create a book. I use my creativity for other things such as architecture, music, and photography. Hopefully our society will continue to produce authors for they are an important means of communication and I have a great deal of respect for what they do.

Forbes- Leading the Way in Business & Finance

 param:index.cmsSubIndex.topStory.cmsIndexEntries[0].image.captionForbes mission has been to provide access to information and insights that ensure its readers’ success. The company has been providing that service to the most influential business leaders since 1917. The magazine is available both in print and online. 67.1 % of the company’s readers are men. The greatest demographic age range occurs at 25-54 (57%). Forbes readers are more likely to have had some college experience (81.7%). According to these high-powered decision-makers Forbes is the essential Capitalist Tool. In today’s media landscape everyone is looking for something that will help them get ahead. Forbes brings information to its readers early and first so that they are able to capitalize on both business and financial opportunities and for this reason Forbes has been able to create a loyal following. I have recently jumped on board with Forbes Magazine and frequent the website as well. I have found that the company is not afraid to ask the tough questions and as a result they receive the information I am anxious to read about. As a young man entering the business world I find it important to educate myself in all things business. On the company website under its Mission Statement, Forbes describes itself as UNCOMPROMISING. They say, “We set the bar high, and never settle,” and that describes the decision maker I set out to be. This is an outstanding statement for Forbes to make when describing itself because I believe every individual should embrace this trait. So whether you are a high-powered executive leading your company or a motivated young adult trying to get a step ahead, Forbes Magazine will undoubtedly help you reach the top.