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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.