Interestingly, this started off as an e-mailed response to a 'tweet' until I realised that my Blog might be a better place for it to be aired. So, I hope you both enjoy it.
I'm in my seventy-third year and, although a long way from being immobile, I know many of my generation who are and it's interesting how many are turning towards the internet to meet their needs. Communication by e-mail, for example, has become the norm, internet shopping is becoming more common, and I don't suppose I'm alone in saying that I can't remember when I last bought a newspaper.
However, although I have never been what might be called 'a big reader', I'm actually reading significantly more since getting a computer than I ever did previously - and I don't just mean newspapers. Having said that, from a personal point of view, I'm not sufficiently interested in 'reading' to invest in something like a Kindle. However, I do have an idea of what they are; so, I was rather surprised at the reaction to a recent suggestion that it might be a good idea to make them available to children as an alternative to libraries.
Now, by an interesting coincidence, I had pretty well come to same conclusion myself. Although, my own inclination had been to provide each household with such a device because having immediate access to reading material through the internet can only enhance everyone's desire to read. Furthermore, invaluable though libraries have been over the years, it is stupid to ignore the fact that technological advances (such as Kindle) would make them redundant in any case - whether, or not, a government was obliged to make savings.