Are you having a problem reading?

books-1082942_640I ran across this article on Medium by Hugh McGuire, Why can’t we read anymore? Or, can books save us from what digital does to our brains? At first, I thought it was your typical print book versus ebooks screed. It turns out, its not, but I am not exactly sure what it actually is….

Last year, I read four books.

That’s a strange statement from the man who started LibriVox and Pressbooks, but there it is. He goes on to talk about concentration, digital distraction, dopamine and essentially digital addiction (without actually calling it by that name). He quotes a neuroscience study on multitasking (which turned out to be from a paid PR post).

His ultimate conclusion as to why he can’t read books:

  1. I cannot read books because my brain has been trained to want a constant hit of dopamine, which a digital interruption will provide

  2. This digital dopamine addiction means I have trouble focusing: on books, work, family and friends

Oh, yeah, and television is a problem, too.

McGuire goes on to talk about how he solved his problem, he can read again and it’s wonderful, etcetera….  And, BTW, he’s also starting an email newsletter about books that we can sign up for.

So here’s my confusion: I get that digital addiction is a real thing and that he had a problem with it. But that doesn’t mean that WE can’t read anymore. And I certainly don’t get how books are going to save US from what digital does to OUR brain. What is the benefit of turning what obviously is a personal issue into an TL;DR allness statement that claims-to-be-but-isn’t-really about the nature of books and reading? How is this OUR problem?

Somehow, I manage to muddle along, work on a computer all day, check my email and social media, watch an couple of hours of TV daily, write, blog, podcast and still read more than a hundred books a year. All digital books, too. And I am sure I am not alone.

How about you? Are you having a problem reading?

Daily Deal: Linda Castillo and SD Memory Cards

castilloTodays Deals for Wednesday, December 30, 2015:

The US Amazon Kindle Daily Deal is featuring 10 books by Rosamunde Pilcher and Linda Castillo for just $2.99. Also offered are select Transcend products (including SD cards) at up to 70% off. You can get a 64GB class 10 card for only $15.99,

Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is offering the first seven books in Linda Castillo’s Kate Burkholder mystery series at  $2.99 each.  The Romance Daily Find is Bridesmaid Blues by Boone Brux for 99 cents. You can also find a “buy 2, et the 3rd free” deal on DC comics and Marvel graphic novels.

The Kobo Daily Deal is The Hathaways Complete Series by Lisa Kleypas for $9.99. (**Edited to correct Kobo Daily Deal)

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.

(Note: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.)