The folks over at BookRiot.com have posted their 2016 reader challenge. I admit I never have attempted one myself but this one looks interesting. I like the idea of breaking out of my standard reading and trying something new. Plus if you complete it by December 31, 2016 and send a photo in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org you’ll receive a 30% discount at the Book Riot store.
I kind of figured this but seeing it in map form is scary. http://gizmodo.com/america-doesnt-read-much-says-map-1534623889 In truth you only have to browse a Facebook feed to see that sad fact of America’s fondness for illiteracy.
I am often surprised by the number of writers who are not reading. If you ain’t reading you ain’t writing. There are two questions every writer should have an immediate answer to. What is your latest work? What are you in the middle of reading right now? My writing has improved by leaps and bounds once I began reading regularly. By that I mean as soon as one book is done the next one in my que hits my Kindle or Nook app. I find it is also useful to read outside your genre of interest and even books with some issues. It all goes into making you a better writer.
I was reading the latest edition of Wired magazine when I realized something; it is getting harder to tell the articles from the advertisements. I know ads pay for all the articles in magazines and newspapers. I am just used to being able to tell the two apart. Now some of these adds go on for a few pages and read like tech articles. Again kudos to the ad department but in the end it makes it hard to read the magazine. Or does it? In some months, my Guitar Player is only worth receiving for the adds. In that publication it is easy to tell the articles from the advertising. The ads there function more in a wish list capacity, unlike Wired, in which the ads appear to be informative, and in some cases are. Is this the future of our content? Will the blending of articles and ads get to the point where they become one in the same? Would you still be willing to pay six bucks for such a publication?
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