The niche of books

One thing is for sure. When you work with a powerful team like Tara and Kim you have conversations that end up turning into a lot of blog posts. 🙂 I have a sticky note I keep on my desk with ideas. I have an idea book that I keep in my backpack, and I have thoughts in my head that keep me awake at night. All ideas and thoughts that poor Tara and Kim have to listen to whether they want to or not. 😉 At a team meeting, with the above mentioned, a couple weeks ago we got on the topic of books. Now I’m sure I’m going to get some push back on this one, but I’m hoping it helps me to frame what I’m thinking (and it might be wrong) a little clearer…so please….feel free to push back. Up until recently books are what we have known. They were the holders of knowledge, they were the all mighty, the all knowing. If you wanted to know something you went to a book. If you wanted to drift off into a fantasy world, you read a book. If you wanted to heart felt story…you could find it in a book. It a book didn’t have the answer you went to a divine power. Today….we just go to Google Books are great. I love them on planes, on the beach and by the pool. Yes, I think books have a niche in today’s world. I just think it’s smaller then what we believe it to be. Simple questions: When was the last time you read a book? When was the last time you read a web page? When was the last time you read a letter addressed to you in the mail? (A real hand written letter) When was the last time you read an e-mail? When was the last time you looked up a phone number in the phone book? When was the last time you looked up a recipe in a recipe book? When was the last time you used an encyclopedia? When was the last time you went to a book before the web for non-fiction/relevant information? When was the last time you used an IM client (chat)? Now, take these questions and go ask them to your class, to a kid on the street, or the kid sitting next to you. Are the...

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