The end of the books era… Or not?


I definitely think that books are more important than movies or TV-shows. In the era of new technologies, we usually forget that reading means not just turning pages and starring at words, but also a deep thinking process, which can be only caused by reading.

Amount of people who buy paper publications in book stores decreases from year to year.

Publishing business developed so much since the printing machine was invented, but people stubbornly move to Internet web-sites and read black lines on white screens. Now, when everything is digital and computerized, think a bit: is there anything you would like to keep? Didn’t we step over that “digital” line, where we watch YouTube bloggers, follow political news, and read Remark of Kafka at the same time?

Online publishing is also experiencing a revolution. Newspapers look like real newspapers. Magazines are interactive. If you read “Cosmopolitan” on iPad, it is 99% out of 100 that you will participate in what is happening in the magazine. Personally, I like that kind of interaction. But what about paper publications?

Are paper books outcasts? Relics? Or both?

It seems ridiculous, but when I came in a book store back at home, I was shocked and surprised by the number of people there. Honestly, I saw pretty much NOBODY except a cashier and a consultant, who was reshelving books. “Are you closing soon?”, I asked him carefully. He turned and answered with a forced smile: “No”. Ok, so whats happened? Apparently, people escaped from that book store and preferred to bury themselves in e-readers and laptops. But why?

In my humble opinion, I just became a witness of how paper books history dies…


Creativity, rucksack, and other useful things

So, since the first person drew a mammoth on the wall, we can call it creativity (oooops, I pressed smth and opened an expanded panel accidentally… I am geeeeenius). Creativity is also what others do running their blogs. Some people edit video, draw storyboards, create animation characters, write about their imaginary worlds… Creativity is around us. Obviously.

Combining text and pictures, produced by talented people, ruling the creative process seemed fantastic to me.

As to me, nobody taught me how to be creative. I did art stuff since I was three and could handle a pencil and a paper. My mom told me once: “Your hobby could become your job one day”. Just so happened, all my hobbies are creative: I film short videos, I love handmade, I draw comics and I do creative writing. I truly believe that I can mix all those things in future. There was one thing, though, that got stuck in my mind even before I attended primary school. I always was keen on books and writing. I wanted to become a writer. I wanted to become a screenwriter. And, as a result, I wanted to become a publisher. Combining text and pictures, produced by talented people, ruling the creative process seemed fantastic to me. I remember those days, when I was sitting in front of my old computer at parents` home and making layouts in Word. It was fun… But I was proud when everyone from my family (even my nasty bro) saw what i`ve done with my windows 95. 

If a story is in you, it has got to come out. William Faulkner

…Returning to creativity after my five-minute-selfish-speech. Pretend that here is a rucksack, and you are going to hike. Each member of your family tries to put something in it, what they think might be useful in your trip. What they put is called creativity. Why?

More than billion people on Earth have the same hobby. But each of them, while doing that common thing, brings something new, their own. That is what called creative process.

During three years I have been studying my own creative thinking. I thought: why do I think this way and how to make it more successful? Why do I have passion for, saying, books? Why don’t I have it for numbers and planning? If creativity is everywhere, why do I only find it in specific areas?

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use – the more you have. Maya Angelou

I haven’t found the answer yet. But you can start thinking on this. Perhaps, your will find more answers than I`d tell you.