E-books? Book? Mindful reading!

17th March 2020

Do you like reading books? How many books do you read every year? How much does this pleasure cost?

According to Goodreads in 2011 more than 9 000 000 books were read. Since then this number has only been growing and for 2019 it reached more than 286 000 000 books read. There is no way of knowing how many of these books are e-books, library books, second-hand books or bought new from different stores. And this is only the tip of the iceberg since there is a great number of people who have not got a Goodreads account or dos not post all the books they read there.

According to https://wastefreemail.com/ “Every year, Americans use more than 90 million short tons of paper and paperboard. That’s an average of 700 pounds of paper products per person each year. Every year in America, more than 2 billion books, 350 million magazines, and 24 billion newspapers are published.” This number reachers astronomical proportions when we think about it worldwide. And for what? Just for the pleasure of holding a paperback!

I do not want to sound too rude! I love reading books, that is my favourite hobby. And like most of the children of my time, I have grown with a paper book in my hands. Still, I try to read 99% of the books I am interested in E-format. I agree that it is not the same, it does not feel the same way, does not smell the same way and so on… Nevertheless, these drawbacks can be looked upon as small inconveniences give the advantages the e-books have for me.

The only thing I really lack in the whole ebook world is ebook libraries. I pay for Kindle Unlimited and I use other open-source platforms nevertheless, the truth is that if I want to read a book written by a best-selling author, I sill have to pay almost the same price as in the bookshop and sometimes even more. This, though is a totally different topic I do not even want to start right now.

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