Still Reading Paper Books? You’re Not Alone!

Apparently, contrary to all commonly held theories, the digital generation prefers to read their books in print form. #shocker

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It’s been revealed that millennials – you know, the generation you imagine does everything on a computer or smartphone and doesn’t engage with dead wood unless they absolutely have to – actually prefer real, honest-to-God books to those blasted e-books.

More than 2,000 consumers across the US and the UK were surveyed by Publishing Technology about their reading habits to reveal that, in the past year, 71 percent of respondents had read a print book, more than twice as many as had read an ebook.  (We’re rather worried, mind you, about the 29 percent of respondents who hadn’t read a print book in a year!)

But it did get us thinking about all the books the STELLAR team has read and what our faves are (and for the record, the Kindle tally is very low: deputy ed Rosemary is the only one of us who owns an actual Kindle, but ed Kirstie has an iPad and uses the Kindle app on there to get her reading fix).

So, without further ado, our recommended reads:

Kirstie, editor

I’m With The Band by Pamela Des Barres. “It’s the most salacious, in-depth expose of the ’60s rock scene in LA by one of the first groupies ever. It’s a really good, smutty read.”

Linda, fashion editor

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. “It’s full of inspiration, and though it’s a bit mushy it really makes your thinking WAY more positive!”

Rosemary, deputy editor

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers. “I read this years ago, then lent it to my sister – and even though I couldn’t quite tell you the plot, I could tell you the feeling it evokes: of growing up (and not quite knowing how) and feeling out of place somewhere you’re supposed to belong.”

Katie, designer

Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis. “I always think it’s really eerie – it was written in the ’80s and it’s really interesting: LA socialites, totally f*cked up minds, good characters… I don’t know how I’d explain it really!”

Michelle, staff writer

Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene. “It’s a spoof about intelligence services set in 1950s Cuba (I think). I have little interest in espionage but I find Greene’s writing so relaxing that I re-read his comedic thriller over and over again; it’s exquisite.”

What about you? Can’t get enough of your print fix or a Kindle girl all the way? Let us know below.