#2. Read Things on Paper
Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) is only scraping along, thanks to its foray into digital. But competition is stiff in the tablet world: Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has the iPad, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has the Kindle, and neither has the rest of its marbles riding on the hope that people will keep buying real, actual, bound books.
Newspapers, too, are suffering a slow and steady death. No one needs to unfold a paper from The Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) or Gannett (NYSE:GCI) when there’s an app for that — and a free app, mind you. Even magazines can be flipped through in full-color electronically.
And it won’t just be future generations riding the move away from print publications — everyone from my elementary-aged cousin to my grandma has already jumped on board. The fact that I love owning actual books and even have a public library card already makes me an outlier.
But I’ve come to accept that a day will come when everything is electronic — even our libraries — and books will be framed artifacts on display like my dad’s once-cool, once-used records.