"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body" - Sir Richard Steele.
Neil Postman, media critic and author ( Amusing Ourselves to Death and Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business ) pointed out the ways that reading teaches us to think in a logically connected way . It cultivates a sustained attention span . Readers learn to think in terms of abstract ideas, objective truth and sustained reflection .
We live in a Golden Age-never before have so many books been within easy reach. But when anything is possible, choice becomes torture. What to pick? Where to start? This one? That one? How about this-and that? What will I like? What’s worth my time? (J. Peder Zane)
Read! Read! Read! Read for pleasure, for thrills, for escape, for ideas. Read books that make you laugh and cry and wonder and think. Read for yourself and not for others. But share books too, with friends, teachers and family. The best kind of recommendation is from someone whose opinion you trust or whose tastes are similar to yours .
Sometime in the late twentieth century the book died. Sherman Young, passionate book lover and a consumer and producer of digital technology, is on a mission to make book culture matter again. Shirking nostalgia and without apology, The Book is Dead (Long Live the Book) investigates the economics and technological demands of publishing, making a case for books and reading all the while. His bold and exciting book will inspire readers, non-readers and publishers to put books centre-stage again, even if they’re not books as we now know them.