One day last week, I found myself reading the ‘business travel’ section in the USA Today. The headline of the article was “Don’t forget to pack a good book” and there was a side bar listing frequent fliers favorite titles. I figured I would record a few of the books and move on to other sections. I found myself, though, reading the entire article. Parts of it were obvious; frequent travelers would rather get lost in a good book than worry about the headaches of travel, busy people find flying the only time they can read and reading gives business travelers a chance to clear their head and come back to business projects with renewed energy.
What I found really interesting however were the comments that people made about increased Kindle use among fliers.
The article states,
“Frequent flier Bailey Allard laments their use. Allard a consultant in Chapel Hill, N.C., says she used to enjoy walking down an airplane aisle seeing what books in the hands of passengers were popular. She remembers being impressed by the number of adults, particularly businessmen- reading Harry Potter, for example.
“Seat mate conversation was often sparked by seeing your seat mate reading a book that you had read,” Allard says. “It was an opportunity for two traveling strangers to connect in conversation of mutual reading enjoyment.”
I sure do love my Kindle but I may just think twice before I bring it on my next flight. Who knows who I might meet if I bring an honest to goodness book.