Books are uncool!

I am an avid book reader. But I have rarely talked about books and authors with my friends and other people.
Perhaps this is because of the lack of interest in book reading, in the people of the capital. Most of my friends think that reading books is sort of uncool and is mostly for nerds. Although I think otherwise. I have always found reading, a very enjoyable experience. There is always something good to learn.
In a recently conducted survey by Dawn it was found that the number of people buying books has reduced. Even the bestsellers don’t get any attention.One of the old book shopkeeper said that:

Though most of the titles can be found in mint conditions and at low price but who cares.

I have rarely seen young people at bookshops browsing through books. Although piracy is rampant here and the pirated books cost very less but people still don’t buy any of these except for the course books( which are otherwise very expensive).
This change in reading habits can mainly be attributed to the easy access of new and cheap technology. People would rather spend time on the internet or waste endless hours in a gaming cafe, then reading a book.

4 Comments so far

  1. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 11:46 pm

    I guess the newer generation is again getting attracted to this reading phenomena —

    The spectrum is broad this time – but inshah Allah It’ll come up … the pace will pick up … :>

  2. SELF (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    Not likely! Who are you kidding? :P The digital age my man. If it ain’t on a screen it aint worth reading.

    I used to be an avid book reader too in my teens but haven’t read a book in years. Such a bore to flick through pages and not being able to search on keywords.

  3. JayJay (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2007 @ 4:17 am

    Books in Pakistan are far expense as compared to comparable countries. Our schools/universities focus too much on standards text books, rathertahn encouraging students to read, review and relate with books in general. It was not until I reached the university that I was tasked with my first book review but the kids in the Western nation are encouraged as earley as year 2 to read any book of their liking and present a sumnmary or thoughts on the book extempore in the class.

    On another note, how many of us seen a commuter with a book in his/her hand in our country? Almost none, as we prefer to look out of window staring into nothing in particular to klls the time. Compare that with a bus or train in peak time London, Tokyo, Sydney, NY, even Beijing.

  4. Reader Scott (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2007 @ 4:47 am

    Reading is cool! There’s nothing cool about being worried about being a nerd; that’s the opposite of cool. Cool means worry-free. A cool person is the kind of carefree person who can kick back with a good book and not give a damn. If you don’t believe me, check out the Reading & Book Discussion Forum.

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