There are over 6 Million Kindle books.
How do I know?
Today, I searched Amazon.ca’s Kindle store and found the answer on the bottom, left side of the page. If you look closely you will discover that the page lists 1-16 of over 6,000,000 results for Kindle Store. And I imagine that a future search will reveal that this number will continue to increase exponentially. We are connected by words and technology, delivered in seconds over WIFI to our “devices.” And with our evolving technologies, costs are tipping downward.
The ability to purchase a book cannot be taken lightly, for it was not long ago that only the elite could afford this luxury. Charlotte Barrett provides an excellent overview in her article “The History of Reading,” noting that “In the early nineteenth century, it was very common for individuals to be able to read but not be able to write, although these statistics are likely influenced by economic factors as well as capability: paper was expensive, and writing with a quill time-consuming and difficult, and therefore not that common.”
Which brings me to our visit of Innerleithen, Scotland, a picturesque town in the area of Tweeddale, in the Scottish Borders. Robert Smail’s Printing Works, situated on the main street, is a Victorian era letterpress printing works that continues to produce printing and stationery in the style used during the Industrial Revolution. The doors open to another century where words were carefully placed, letter by letter, on a composing stick, the first step in the journey to the printing press. The care taken in each phase of the printing process is remarkable. Kudos to the printers dedicated to preserve this century-old craft.
Paper was expensive in the Industrial Age. In our age of escalating environmental concerns, paper is still expensive. Digitization has given us a way of sharing the reading experience.
Ah, just downloaded another Kindle Book.