Do you observe print book readers when you commute?

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are mine and do not necessarily reflect those of SS Readers Corner.

I read an exciting article a couple of minutes ago: a. Reinier Gerritsen photographed print book readers on New York subways. Click here to read the whole article.

I do agree with the photographer on the dwindling numbers of print book readers. When I lived in London 3 years ago, there were many Kindle users on London tubes. It was rare to see commuters reading print books even though there were many libraries in London. It’s a much sadder situation here in Kuala Lumpur. It is very uncommon to see people reading a book while on a train or a bus.

‘Emotional Ride’ by Stefano Corso / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Another point I like about Gerritsen’s social experiment is his observation of readers’ book choices. Three years ago, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was a popular choice among female commuters because it was the most talked about book in the UK that year. I don’t know what Malaysians read that year. I don’t see a clear trend in Kuala Lumpur/Selangor unless you count Lonely Planet’s Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei guide books. They are popular among tourists.

Do you enjoy observing people’s choice of novels/books? Feel free to share your observation/analysis in the comment box below.


2 thoughts on “Do you observe print book readers when you commute?

  1. Whenever I see someone reading in public I pull all sorts of neck-breaking moves to try and see what they’re reading.

  2. Oh I saw a girl reading ‘Eleanor & Park’ a few months ago & tweeted to Rainbow Rowell. She favourited it 😀

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