Izzy did a post about this a while back, and as much as I hate to admit it, I agree. Since i have been involved in blogging, my reading habits have changed dramatically.
Some changes are for the better. I used to subscribe to the newspaper and no less than four magazines. And I felt obligated to read them. I quit both of those habits over the last couple of years, and I don't miss them. Not much anyway. Great articles still have a way of getting noticed.
More importantly, I think my attention span is changing. Because of the RSS powered blogosphere, my brain wraps around little bites (bytes?) of information quite well, but if there's a longer article, it's really got to grab me or I will move on to something else. Sadly this is the case with books. I just don't have much patience for nonfiction these days. It's got to be earth shattering for me to read a whole "how to" book.
Fiction is another thing, though. I'm sure there are some great "story" blogs out there. Please let me know if you know of any. But there hasn't been a substitute for a captivating work of fiction. And a lot of that has to do with the experience. I'll curl up with a book, but not my computer. And as cool as Macs are, I am not going to take my computer to the beach.
It will be interesting to see how this unfolds over the coming years. We've already seen the world of print media start to unravel as the ground beneath us continues to shift. And I have watched firsthand as the music industry has changed dramatically.
But what about books, especially fiction? Do you still read them? If not, where do you get your story from?
(this post is a belated contribution to Watercooler Wednesday!)