New Media and the Future of Books
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been an avid reader and a bookworm. Something I’ve also noticed in my daughters. Today in the wake of new communication advances, real book reading has become something of a lost art. Who the heck needs to read real books when we can scroll through our Snapchat and Instagram feeds, or better yet purchase the ebook on an iPad? I’ll be the first to admit, that I have not used a library card or visited a public library in years. However, I do know that reading is for the brain, what exercise is for the body. So, no matter how much I love new media, the benefits of taking the time to read a real book is priceless.
As a writer, reading serves as an educational tool. Reading broadens my perspective, increases my vocabulary, and heightens my ability to think beyond my own individual experiences. To date I've, accumulated a pretty decent library of classic books. My personal library focuses on an array of topics: beauty, leadership, self-help, and more. A few of my favorites include J. Paul Getty's How To Be Rich, Dale Carnegie's How To Win Friends & Influence People, T.D. Jakes' Reposition Yourself, B.A. Newman's Fight The Good Fight, and Herbert Harris The Twelve Universal Laws of Success to name a few.
If you know me then you know I’m a feminist, so the latest #GirlPower reads I’ve been enjoying are Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar, and Mom Boss by Nicole Feliciano. On my to read list is Pressure Makes Diamond by Valerie Graves, and looking to reread Successful Women Speaks Differently by Valorie Burton. Although I'm an avid reader, like everything else there is always room for growth. Two categories you won’t find a lot of on my bookshelf are sci-fi and fiction. So, I will make an effort to step outside of my comfort zone to try something new.
New media is in widespread use, yet book publishing is still thriving. The book industry is changing for the better; as new services are revolutionizing the industry, giving life to self-publishing and improving distribution channels.