I just saw these quotes yesterday. They reveal how much people still love reading books:
"It is hard to come up with Christmas gifts for people who already seem to have everything. Books can be good gifts for such people." -- Thomas Sowell, economist and political commentator
My reaction: Books do make great gifts. No matter how strange the people are you want to give presents to, there will be at least one book -- and more likely hundreds of books -- that would suit them to a tee.
In a recent issue of Redbook magazine, actress Lauren Graham was photographed sitting on the floor of one of her favorite bookstores, Hennessey + Ingalls in Hollywood. She's been going there since she was a child. As she noted, "There was eating, sleeping -- and then there was reading. It was the one thing I could do in the day that was totally gratifying. I still have a bunch of my childhood books. I don't understand a house that doesn't have books."
My comment: I don't understand a house without books either. In fact, I love to walk into a house that has walls and walls of books. Makes me feel absolutely at home.
"I always have about 10 books at home and in the office I am working on. I love to read and I still love curling up with a book, but I hope someone gives me an iPad or Kindle for Christmas so I can have my books everywhere." -- Martha Zoller, radio talk show host
My comment: Note how book lovers (and buyers) are voting with their hands and eyes for ebooks as well as printed books. Make sure you have your books available in both formats.