Technology and Books 2013

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Technology and books, the new millennium has taken reading in a whole new direction.

"The accessibility of books now... people don't have to go to a physical site to get books, so there's more instantaneous connection with their reading interest," says Brian Raitz, director of the Wood County Library.

Attention spans for reading aren't what they used to be.

"Smartphones have changed the way people spend their time in that now instead of sitting down and reading for a half hour or hour or even more a day, people are more likely to whip out their smartphone... check their facebook, text their friends," Raitz says.

It's a challenging times for libraries and not all publishing companies want to sell to them anymore.

"We have seen book sales and book lending has gone down because of the new technology leaps," Raitz says. "But it's also changing what materials people want."

Reading forces your brain to focus on a subject and think more deeply. It strengthens the mind.

"People should think about reading books again; it changes the way you think," Raitz says. "The more you look at your smartphone and Internet and Facebook, the more shallow of a thinker you are."

Technology has changed the way people look at books and not everyone is happy about it.

"I bought a lot of books (online), like 'The Hobbit,' 'Hunger Games' and all that, and then next thing you know it was all gone," says Connor Farley of Waverly. "I wasn't refunded and it just... really upset me, so I basically stopped using it and came back to the library."

Anne Helmick isn't interested in technology.

"I wan't something in my hands that I can feel," the Parkersburg resident says. "That I can lay down and not worry about. I love books. E-books just simply do not interest me; they have no character."

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