Gareth and I have just returned from a blissful two-week honeymoon — one week in Paris and one in London. I’ve got lots of blog fodder to share with you in coming posts, but for now let me just say that EVERYWHERE we went in our travels we saw people (of all ages!) reading — and very often reading BOOKS. On the plane. On trains. In parks. At cathedrals. Standing in line. Sitting on benches. EVERYWHERE.
I finally decided I ought to snap a few photos of readers, as it was weirdly reassuring to see so many of them.
These days I often feel inundated with speculations about the decline of reading and the demise of books, so it was heartwarming to head off on this trip and find myself face-to-face with so many people who are still connecting with the printed page. And with physical books too!
Of the several hundred readers we saw in our travels, how many of them were accessing their material of choice via eReaders? Surprisingly, just TWO.
We saw one Kindle in use on the flight to Paris and one iPad on the Tube in London. C’est tout.
I’m not drawing any conclusions from this, mind you, just sharing an observation.
Most of these photos were taken in parks where, of course, a backlit screen isn’t going to fare as well as traditional print material.
We were in London during election time, so that may have had something to do with the number of newspapers being read in the photo above.
Stay tuned for more posts about our book-related discoveries/experiences in Paris and London. (YES, we were honeymooning, but no, we couldn’t/wouldn’t completely leave literature behind!) Gareth will also be posting sketches on his blog, so there will soon be fun things to see there too.