UKArchive ID: 36612Books of the Month Club by harry
Originally published on June 10, 2016 in Fiction

Too much of a good thing

Books of the Month Club

Harry Buschman

Books used to be made out of paper. People read them, page by page. Publishers put them all together, bound them along the edge and when they thought they had enough for a book, they sold them. People carried them around, sat down on a bark bench or in bed at home until something else got their attention and then they’d forget them.

They’d pick the book up again later and read on from where they stopped reading before. They’d read all sorts of things, romantic novels, sales reports, instruction manuals, bibles… just about everything anyone ever wrote before. Right or wrong.

It went on for years. Nobody could possibly buy all the books, brochures catalogs and whatnot that were printed, so people had to build libraries to hold them all and hired librarians to catalog them and put them on shelves so people could find them and take them home to read, (if they promised to bring them back in two weeks.)

The popularity of books convinced the people who read them to think they could write too, and before long there were more readers than writers and libraries were swamped with books. Everyone was writing them and no one was reading them. Libraries finally refused to accept new deliveries of books and instead filled their shelves with magazines, newspapers, CD’s, audio books for the blind and electric outlets for people with Kindles and other devices to download them and read them at home.

It was a stopgap solution at best, because people were so busy writing there was no time for reading. People no longer read. They wrote the way prehistoric man wrote – on anything that could be written on, and hoped that eventually someone would come along and read it.

Trouble is, no one had time enough to read any more.

© harry (harry on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 36612
Archived comments for Books of the Month Club
pdemitchell on 12-06-2016
Books of the Month Club
Hi Sir Harry - A sad descriptive of the crumbling oublishing world. I am sure you meant 'more writers than readers' in para 3 - and don't get me started on the slush piles of rejected manuscripts clogging the cellars of many a publishing house. Mitch

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