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Comment of the Day: Reading (and Writing) Online

Sarah Perez wrote today: “When Amazon introduced their e-book reader, the Kindle, Steve Jobs made a strong proclamation regarding the book industry that received a lot of attention: “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore […]” As it turns out, he was only half-right. People read, even those in the younger generation, they just prefer to do it online.” Backing that sentiment up was a comment by Sean Mulholland, who said that he’s a good example of a digital native: “I hardly ever read books. Probably only about one or two a year, and even then they’re typically non-fiction as opposed to ‘literature’.”

Congratulations Sean, you’ve won a $30 Amazon voucher – courtesy of our competition sponsors AdaptiveBlue and their Netflix Queue Widget.

Here’s Sean’s full comment:

“My ‘gut feeling’ thoughts exactly…good to hear them supported with data!

I’m a great example of the digital native (though I haven’t been a teen for some time, I was an early net adopter in the early 90’s when I actually was a teen). Like you mentioned, I hardly ever read books. Probably only about one or two a year, and even then they’re typically non-fiction as opposed to ‘literature’. Magazines? Only during flights.

Despite that, I scored a perfect 6/6 GMAT writing score, and my while I forget the specific verbal vs. quantitative, my overall was in the 97th percentile.

Granted, one could argue I’m missing out on the cultural value associated with great literary works, however because I tend to lean toward heavier reading (quality news, science, etc) I don’t think I’m missing out too much with regards to developing or maintaining my reading ability. And because of blogs, forums, and email, I probably write several dozen pages worth of text each week, which is probably more than many members of previous generations can claim!”

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