Reading “traditional” Books

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the power of reading … losing oneself silently in another world found on a crisp page of black and white type … we, as a society, are slowly losing this treasured pastime.

As a group of Northwestern University professors wrote in a 2005 article in the Annual Review of Sociology, the recent changes in our reading habits suggest that the “era of mass [book] reading” was a brief “anomaly” in our intellectual history: “We are now seeing such reading return to its former social base: a self-perpetuating minority that we shall call the reading class.”

Nicholas Carr, from The Shallows

Long live the bound book and its fervent readers!

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