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  • Reading on Paper

    Thought for a Monday: After weeks of thinking about issues surrounding the publishing industry, I started writing an essay on my laptop at a Starbucks, surrounded by people sitting with their laptops streaming videos, working on spreadsheets, holding conference calls, and browsing the Internet.

    The digitization of our senses, no question, is here to stay, as is the mobility that digitization provides. The beauty of constant connectivity means we don’t have to be stuck to our chairs in an office from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (or longer) every day to get our work done.

    At the same time, we all speak longingly of a time when we were not so plugged in, when the last thing we did before going to sleep was brush our teeth rather than check our email or Facebook. Nostalgic parents think back to those days when our teenagers bowed their heads at the dinner table for some reason other than to check their latest text message or Snapchat.

    Take 5 seconds to think about this: When was the last time you sat down on a Sunday morning and relaxed with a cup of coffee to read the newspaper?

    (Pause...)

    My point exactly. We all need to do more of it...