This is a guest post by Joseph Sitzwohl
Have you ever heard of a book, been vaguely interested, but never bothered picking it up? Happens to me all the time. One specific book comes to mind, by Timothy Ferriss, called the The 4-Hour Work Week. It was published in 2007, rose to #1 on the New York Times Best-Seller list and is available in over 35 countries. I avoided reading it for eight years because of two excuses: 1) I scoffed at the absurdity of the title, and 2) I didn’t have easy access to the book. Sure, I was curious and could have gone to the library to check it out or afforded $10 for my own copy, but vague interest isn’t enough to inspire even that low-level of pursuit for me.
OverDrive. Essentially what the app allows you to do is enter your library card number and PIN from any library in the whole-wide-world, thus allowing easy access to download any ebook or audiobook from the given library, anywhere in the whole-wide-world. Amazing. I highly recommend the app and now even the book, which I instantaneously downloaded and started listening to on my way to work last week. I don’t think the book needs any further publicity, but the app absolutely does.
Libraries and book stores as we know them are rapidly changing. Borders closing in 2011 marked a significant turning point. People said it was a turning down point. They said, “Kids don’t read anymore these days”. But I rather suggest it’s merely a natural evolution of medium. From stone tablets to scrolls, from feather pens to keyboards, and from mass-printed books now to e-books, this evolution is nothing new and nothing to worry about in the long-term. When writers started switching from stone tablets to papyrus I’m sure there was a lull in readership during that time of transition too because people had to familiarize with new distributers just like they are adjusting today. As a 22 year old millennial I considered myself proficiently tech savvy, especially considering I’d recently published an e-book of my own. But then my world was turned upside down by this wonderful app called OverDrive I’d been oblivious to. As readers, we’re undoubtedly in a major transition period. But with each person who becomes familiar with todays new mediums, we grow poised for a major reading upswing. Polish your reading glasses, wipe down your iPad screen. The books are coming back.
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Joe Sitzwohl currently works as a Business Analyst in New York City for a tech company called SinglePlatform. Prior to graduating in May 2015 from Ohio State University with his BSBA in Marketing and a minor in Design, he self-published his college memoir, Surrounding Saturdays, as an e-book. To contact Joe email firstname.lastname@example.org.