As an author—and someone who reads a lot of books every year—I’ve been quite interested in this societal shift.
The bigger question is this: Could we be reading fewer books, but learning more?
Certainly we’re learning in new ways that involve reading online, electronic books, podcasts, TED talks, etc.
Recently, I received an email from a friend who found the following quotation on a website:
“I’ve reviewed a lot of information from Michael Angelo Caruso and am particularly fond of his non-book content. The wide variety of info includes everything from how to lead a team to how to grow your business. Michael motivates by asking thought-provoking questions to make his points. This info is timelier than books, delivered via blogs and newsletters.” – Brian Vinchesi, President of the Irrigation Association, Pepperell, Massachusetts, USA
I liked the nice compliment, but especially enjoyed learning, that um, we’re still learning. Even if we’re not reading books.
A few more salient points:
- Some reading is better than no reading, right?
- Reading is related to writing, speaking, and even thinking
- Certain types of reading help develop critical thinking skills
The National Institute for Literacy estimates that roughly 47 percent of adults in Detroit, Michigan—200,000 total—are “functionally illiterate,” meaning they have trouble with reading, speaking, writing, and computational skills.