Have you ever sat down for ten minutes to do some light reading, and then found yourself glued to the same spot hours later? Everyone promises they’ll stop at the end of the page but this soon turns into ‘just to the end of this chapter’ and before you know it, you’ve finished a book and half the day has gone.
Books are a common novelty item, existing in every household and for a vast majority of us, they are a part of everyday life. Whether you read on the way to work, use them as a point of reference, or your daily routine involves settling your kids down every night with a bed time story.
It’s scary (and surprising) to think about how much books actually affect our lives. When J.K Rowling first jotted down her thoughts about wizards and witches, it’s unlikely that she would have imagined that this would become a seven part series, which would then be created into a $10 billion globally successful cinema must-see. Twilight and The Lord of The Rings also celebrated a similar transition and now theme parks, holidays, clothing lines, board games and apps are all inspired by these literature pieces.
Even if you’re not one for theme parks or movies, it’s likely that books are still a significant part of your life, in ways you may not even realise. If you’re a baking fanatic, chances are you own several cookbooks which may be referred to as the ‘kitchen bible’. Some people may not even like books, but find they can’t escape them. Students looking to go to University are sent prospectuses through the post to look through and read about the hundreds of subjects and combinations available.
None of us can forget the biggest of all books: the Argos catalogue! Whether it was you or the kids, hours were spent going through that hefty book, folding the corners of the pages and cutting out images to add to a letter for Santa or hiding them around the house, dropping subtle hints to your partner.
However, in 2007, a new ‘book’ entered the market. It doesn’t have a thick spine that shows the wear and tear of the book, you can’t turn the pages or crease them to mark your place and you can’t scribble down your thoughts and notes as you go along.
Because of this ‘new book’, the traditional, glossy paged, distinctive book, felt that little bit too big to slip in your handbag and suddenly it took up too much space on our shelves. This may not be the case for all books, but sadly, it is true in comparison to the Kindle.
Small enough to hold in your hand, the Kindle stores millions of books, accessible whenever you want. They remember your page number without a book mark and they can pinpoint the exact word you read up to, helping everyone to pick up exactly where they left off.
In a world that’s turning digital, it had to be expected that books would also be replaced with an electronic. So it’s no surprise that the sales in books have fallen considerably, despite their musty smell, vintage look and historic feel.
Whether you’re the Kindle’s number one fan or you still get butterflies when turning the first page of a novel, books are sentimental items. For some people they hold many memories between their pages; having helped students to achieve the best grade in English Literature, or maybe the memories of the first book you ever managed to read by yourself (which was probably a Biff and Chip book). Whilst people may feel a little too old to re-read the adventurous children’s stories, they are great to pass on to your little ones.
At ABC Selfstore, we think it’s important to keep hold of your favourite books, as you never know when you might have half a day to sit back and indulge in one.