It dawned on me the other day that this lack of interest in books is evident on DestinySurvival as well. I haven’t sold any for months–at least not according to the info I have access to. But not much of anything else has been selling either. In looking at the bigger picture, I’m sure the down economy plays a significant role.
One reason I’ve promoted books is because it’s easy to do. That may sound self serving, but there are so many books on prepping out there these days, it seems a shame to pass them by. There’s also no end to the glut of prepper fiction, which you won’t see much mentioned here because frankly it doesn’t appeal to me. While it can stimulate thinking about survival to some degree, it provides more entertainment value than usefulness.
I must confess, I haven’t read every single book I’ve mentioned on this site because it’s not possible, but I try to find useful information and reviews which help me write what I pass along to you. I’m not the ultimate prepper expert. My duty, as I see it, is to point you to resources that will help you and your family survive.
Of course, it should go without saying that books are a great source of information. As I heard it expressed recently–by a well known leader in Internet marketing, ironically enough–a book is a wonderful way to express a body of thought in one place. I’m convinced that the more ideas and info we have at our disposal, the better we’ll be equipped with a mindset for survival.
Plus, as we as preppers are aware, we may not have the Internet forever. As if that weren’t enough, all those books on e-readers and smart phones won’t be available when there’s no way to charge up the batteries.
Books are also less expensive than a camping tent or a year’s supply of food–all of which companies featured here are prepared to offer you.
But back to the idea of books galore, books a bore.
In Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, books were outlawed. Firemen were sent to burn them. Truth was effectively bottled up.
We might as well have the same thing going on today. No, we don’t need official book banning or censorship to accomplish it. We’ve done it to ourselves. The Internet, smart phones and social media have combined to tear us from books and rewire our brains.
In fact, I heard a news item recently where a teacher suggested teaching children in school how to read material from print again–separately from online material. Children and young adults no longer have capacity to read content of much length.
Sad, isn’t it? Or it should be if you’re into books at all.
There’s so much disdain for books that even Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy reluctantly saw the need to bow to marketing pressure and made The Survival Medicine Handbook available on Kindle. Oh, sure, people are still getting the content they want, but will they have it when they really need it in a grid-down situation?
Having said all that, you’ll still see books featured here from time to time because publishers send them to me for review. And I see some I come across myself now and then which I think you should know about. But my optimism has been tempered regarding whether you or other readers of this site will buy them.
So the question is, am I wasting your time and mine by promoting books? Your thoughts? Don’t be shy.