Scott Karp wonders if the ability to read online and follow topics via hyperlink instead of focusing on one document at a time is actually changing the way we think.

Matthew Ingram opines that the links within on-line writing provide a dynamic and customizable knowledge acquisition process, where you can examine multiple pieces of information from different sources, that can only be matched by a group conversation (although I suspect he’s emphasizing the social interaction here… :)  )

Evan Schnittman enjoys the convenience of the Ebook when he can’t get access to books or when it’s inconvenient to travel with them, but interestingly, he also mentions that he won’t own both digital and physical copies of the same book if he has to pay for both.

via http://broadcasting-brain.com/2008/02/10/books-vs-online-media/

Also,

Does is really matter how many books we’re reading?

According to statistics on Parapublishing.com: only 38% of adults in 2006 said they had spent time reading a book for pleasure the previous day. 65% of college freshmen in 2005 said they read little or nothing for pleasure, 30% of 13 year olds in 2004 said they read for fun “almost every day,” down from 35% in 1984.

So what is this really saying about our society? Are people reading less because they are simply too busy to read? Or is there another reason?

I found an interesting article on Publishing 2.0 on the change to Networked Thoughts. Like the writer, do people not read because of lack of time, or because they are moving into a different type of reading habit? Is the online world changing the way we absorb our information?

In his article, Scott mentions what the future beholds for readers. It’s interesting to note that all of today’s top players (Google, Facebook, etc) were started by obsessive computer programmers. They may not read the typical novel, but you can better believe they are getting tremendous information from the online world. Through forums, blogs, news sites, and many other formats, they are getting an education every day in an easy way. When you find great sources, you don’t have to hunt for the information – you simply subscribe to the newsfeed and read what pertains to you.

So is “not reading books” a bad thing? Not when you look at reading in a whole new way. With today’s technology, staying on top can be gained in many ways.

via http://visionofsuccess.com/online-marketing/does-it-really-matter-how-many-books-were-reading/Tuesday, February 12th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

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