The Book Reader’s Question
Now – How Are Your Reading Habits Today?
Regular readers to this particular series may recall, how at the start of the pandemic – back in March – l asked this question Have your reading habits changed since the arrival of Lockdown? Back then quite a few of were struggling with reading as a whole. Back in March l was reading more personally, and yet from April to end November, l have struggled to read as l once was. All l was reading was ‘Blog Posts’ and we all know how behind l am with that past time alone anyway – but of all the books l have to read l put them all down to concentrate on other areas in my life and then suddenly, well my life just continued to change anyway.
Start of this month was the first time l began to read again and had a passion for reading anything other than blog posts. I still have a long way to go to catch up to what l was reading 9 months ago, which was roughly 2 – 3 books a month or as time permitted. I have 70 books alone in my Kindle and countless articles bookmarked on the PC in my ‘To Sort’ file and numerous magazine articles to study, pore over and research.
The last new Kindle books l bought were Ghosted by Paula Light and prior to that
Elastic Attitude: Expanding Your Potential by Craig White and l am still to find the time to read them, start them. I used to be a remarkably smooth reader and now l seem to have a kind of Reader’s Block. I think this is down to the speed of my mind at present, l go through these phases whenere my mind is just going too fast thinking of all sorts of ideas and by the time l get to bed at night, l am just crashing.
I read a fascinating article last month published by The Guardian where it wrote about increased sales of both ebooks and audiobooks for UK publishers due to the pandemic which is excellent news for writers, authors and readers alike in many respects. It was fascinating to me more also given the career l wish to pursue next year with KDP Marketing and so on. Although of course, increased ebook sales meant more nails in the coffins of conventional and traditional publishers of printed books as less people visited the already dying high streets and shopping malls due to social distancing…….and the dreaded lockdowns.
I can’t even remember the last time l bought a brand new printed book, be that hardback or paperback although at the start of the year in January/February time l had bought a handful of secondhand books from the charity bookstore in Deal. I personally prefer secondhand printed books – they have more of a lived in feel to them.
Ebook sales had been previous to 2020 in the declining sales figures market as opposed to the printed book market share which in the UK alone accounted for a staggering 80%. But let’s be honest, even before 2020, high street sellers were struggling with sales, because online consumer buying is more affordable, easier, convenient, for the better part, more efficient. Online purchasing from homes means dealing with less staff and people full stop.
So we come back to the question for today …
Since March, when l first asked you the question – how have your reading habits changed in the last 9 months with regards ebooks and audiobooks too if you use those as well? Have they changed considerably? Do you find that you are reading more or reading less?
Recently l asked readers in The Weekend Quickie what their % was out of 100% with regards Reading for Entertainment and quite a few responses came back with a high figure for reading. Now if you can seperate Blog Posts from your Book Reading is there a significant difference between the two ? Or, do you find you read more of one and less of the other?
Have you found that you have purchased in the last 9 months more ebooks/printed/audio books than normal? How many are reading on average a month?
Finally, what were your last 3 ebook/book purchases?