'Okay Joo,' you might be thinking. 'If you're writing a post about books, kindles and the like, then why have you got a picture of a gramophone. Ah ha! There's a tenuous link. Apparently record players have made a comeback among today's young people. And I read somewhere that the experts don't think that this is a craze. They're here to stay.
So vinyl sales are up even though I'm happy myself to stick to Spotify. Never in my wildest imagination as a teenager did I think that I could have instant access to all the music I could ever want. It is a dream come true. But even though I favour hi-tech when it comes to my music, I've never been that way with my reading material.
Although I've downloaded a few books to my phone I've never be a Kindle owner. Give me a good old fashioned paper book any time. I spend enough time staring at screens as it is. The only time that I think I'll possibly favour e-books is when Louis leaves home and I resume my wilderness backpacking adventures. A book was always the luxury item that I carried but only ever one. It was torture if I'd finished it in the middle of nowhere. A tablet based library would solve that problem and be lighter. For the weight that is carried is constantly on the mind of the long distance hiker.
I was super pleased to read in this Guardian article that sales of proper books are on the increase too. Long may it last for they are tactile beautiful things that smell lush when they are new. As if to confirm the trend I nearly bumped into a very funky young girl the other day. She was not looking where she was going. I wouldn't have given it a second thought if she'd be staring at her phone but no. She had her nose in a book.