A teenager celebrated her birthday recently and her favourite aunt gave her an attractively wrapped gift. She closed her eyes, held her breath and opened the pack with great excitement, only for her face to drop in shock and disappointment when she saw that it was ‘just a book’.
There’s been a lot of talk about the decline of the reading culture and how books have ‘lost value’. And one wonders if there is any truth to the claim that people seldom read except for academic purposes. Is it really true that people don’t read anything aside textbooks/school books, which are considered a necessary evil?
Was this the case years ago? One could remember how fashionable it was to read novels in a not so distant past. Teenagers exchanged novels back then, and one was proud to write about the books one had read to pen pals. Then, young people were proud to belong to book clubs. Book Clubs? It now sounds like something from a fairy tale. Night clubs? Yeah, that sounds more familiar. And fun too.
So, why have books lost their allure? Could it be that there are no more interesting books? Do people have other things that interest them aside books? Have technology advancements become better seducers than books? Nowadays, people would rather spend time on social media and play games on their phones than read a good book.
Perhaps, one way to bring students back to books is to make even educational books less boring. First Veritas titles, from pre-primary school books to secondary books, are well rounded, curriculum-compliant and very engaging. This reduces the apathy of users to reading by a considerable margin.
So, if you were that girl who received a book as birthday gift, what would be your reaction? Enthusiasm or displeasure?