Do you remember the days of going into the local book shop to read the jackets of the latest books on the best seller list? While some had authors you followed religiously, others were new writers who caught your attention. You’d spend hours reading jackets while adding and subtracting from the pile that was growing on the table where you sat to scan the books you were interested in.
Even though you will still find those who are happy to spend an afternoon in Barnes & Noble, Borders, Waldenbooks or Books-a-Million, all the evidence points to the fact that those who shop for new books online by far outnumber those who visit brick-and-mortar shops. Why do you think that is? It could be the following 3 ways the Internet has become an invaluable resource for book lovers.
1. Social Media
From Facebook to Instagram, you won’t find a social platform that doesn’t have a plethora of pages dedicated to literature. Even YouTube, the second largest social network, has channels dedicated to the various genres and if you are lucky, you can even find authors reading excerpts from their latest books or explaining how the inspiration for the book came about. Even your own group of online ‘friends’ will share their latest literary finds and if you think this isn’t one of the key ways in which book lovers find new reading material, you may be among the few yet to create a social profile!
2. Blogs and Reviews
Then you will find blogs for book lovers so that you can see what others are saying about the latest releases from your favorite authors. In fact, you can even use the search engines to find blogs and reviews for book lovers if you can’t make up your mind whether or not to buy a book that has caught your attention. Many people find that they are more likely to buy a book based on what others are saying as opposed to the Madison Avenue marketing hype which almost always leads them astray. Most blogs and reviews offer a place where you can ask questions in the “Comments” section and this can tip the scales if you are yet undecided on any given book or new author.
3. Digital Books for Instant Download
It would seem that technology would leave us with more time on our hands, but unfortunately, that is often not the case! Even though we are living life in the fast lane, it’s like going through life in rush hour where traffic is jammed for hours on end. One of the real benefits of the Internet as a resource for book lovers is the availability for instant download on almost any book in print. Older books may not yet have been transcribed, but for at least a decade, any new book was published in the digital realm. Even authors now upload chapters of books to their publishers in digital format rather than posting hard copies as in days of old.
No matter where you happen to be at any given moment, the Internet makes it possible to find, buy, and read the latest books by your favorite authors. Are you still wondering how the Internet is an invaluable resource for book lovers? If so, it’s time to check out the Kindle app and Kindle e-books on Amazon. As they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and in the case of the Internet, that insatiable hunger for reading is rewarded with instant gratification.