Here's a statistic from an article by Lev Grossman about choice in the latest Time magazine I found interesting:
"In 1994 there were 500,000 different consumer goods for sale in the U.S. Now Amazon alone offers 24 million."
Here's a link to an article in today's NY Times about late life divorces (ala the Gores). But what I find interesting—it was written by Deirdre Bair who also wrote my favorite biography of Samuel Beckett!
One of the kinds of choices that seems may go with more and more people reading e-books rather than the old fashioned kind, is what happened t me recently when an old friend gave me a recycled hardcover of a book I would most likely never have bought for myself and so would probably never have read. But because she gave me the book as a birthday gift I opened it the other night and began reading. And now it's the first one I reach for at night and spend the most time with because it's not only well read and fascinating, it's enlightening, and at least for me very entertaining. [Woops, meant "well written" back there but it came out "well read"—I'm still making a lot of mistakes when I write, especially when I'm tired, but thought I'd leave this one in because it's so interesting.]
How would I have had that experience in a world of only e-books, or even mostly e-books on Kindles and iPads etc.? She would have sent the book to me electronically? Without the cover art (photos of the authors discussed in the book, which appealed to me), and the feel and look of the pages...etc. I don't think I would have gotten into it and therefore would have missed that kick.